Australian workboat builder BtB Marine has confirmed that the company’s long-range, multi-purpose security vessel Indigo is currently being equipped with state-of-the-art hydrographic survey equipment and autonomous operations technology, in preparation for service with a prime contractor for the Australian Department of Defence’s (DOD) HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP).
Following the refit, Indigo will operate unmanned while surveying and conducting 3D mapping of the ocean floor around Australia.
The program is a AU$150 million (US$118 million) government investment in Australia’s commercial hydrographic industry over the next five years.
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