Kongsberg hydroacoustics for Norwegian polar vessel

Norwegian polar research vessel ‘Kronpins Haakon’ will feature hydroacoustic systems from Kongsberg Maritime when it begins operations in 2017.

As reported, the vessel – said to be the first Norwegian icebreaker built for polar research and the first purpose-built polar research vessel since 1917 - is being built in Italy by Fincanteri, with building to start in June.

Kronprins Haakon is the first icebreaker equipped with acoustics capable of modern ecosystem assessment of the entire water column, and we are delighted to be a part of making this possible,” adds Tonny Algrøy, global sales manager fishery research at Kongsberg Maritime.

Hydroacoustic systems supplied by Kongsberg include deep and medium depth multibeams for bottom mapping including the EM302, EM710 and EA600, while systems such as SBP300 and TOPAS can be used to look at sub-bottom structures. Position reference will be provided by the HiPAP 501 system.

Simrad scientific systems include the EK80 wideband single beam system, modern scientific multibeam systems ME70 and MS70, and omnidirectional sonars SH90 as well as the new SU90 that can detect and track biology for several kilometres around the vessel. Kronprins Haakon will also carry the new Simrad FX80 trawl monitoring system, which can provide a live camera feed from the vessel sampling trawl.

Two retractable keels are intended to secure an optimal environment for acoustics. For data collection while breaking ice, when the keels cannot be deployed, Kronprins Haakon carries the full EK80 system set flush mounted in ice protected tanks.

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