USACE welcomes catamaran to survey fleet

Photo: US Army/Sergeant 1st Class Jay Townsend

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Little Rock District recently took delivery of a new hydrographic survey boat from Alabama builder Silver Ships.

The catamaran vessel has been named Peevy after the late Robert Uyless Peevy, who had served as a USACE boat operator for over two decades.

The vessel measures 8.6 by 2.8 metres and is powered by two Mercury Verado 186kW outboard engines. Stability is enhanced by a Mercury Joystick Piloting with Skyhook feature that uses GPS technology to maintain vessel position and heading.

There are shock mitigating seating for up to three crewmembers inside a climate-controlled cabin.

Peevy‘s survey equipment consists of an Odom Echotrac single-beam system with hull-mounted transducer and an R2Sonic multi-beam system on a retractable bow mount.

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