CSA beefs up geophysical survey fleet

first_imgIn addition, a cellular-based WIFI network supplies high speed internet throughout the entire salon deck. The vessel also has all mandated HSSE gear such as EPIRB, AIS, SART, life raft, immersion suits, and locator beacons. The survey salon features an enclosed, climate-controlled cabin 7 m long by 3.5 m wide, and survey desks with three dedicated workstations. “This is a rugged, long range vessel that has been designed and outfitted with the latest technology and equipment to ensure safe and reliable operations in water depths ranging from hundreds of meters to shallow nearshore sites,” Peterson also noted. “The R/V Dolphin gives CSA the capability to perform surveys in coastal and nearshore environments to the highest specifications with a fully integrated vessel. On deck are two high speed research winches, each with 6-pass slip rings to support custom instrument interfacing. A 1,500 safe working load (SWL) articulating A-frame is located on the vessel’s transom. The latest survey fleet addition can currently simultaneously tow a Transverse Marine Gradiometer (TVG) and side-scan sonar, with an additional magnetometer concurrently operating multi-beam, single-beam, and sub-bottom profilers, and an ultra-short baseline (USBL) transceiver. A server rack contains data acquisition computers, uninterrupted power supplies, and rack-mounted instrument accessories.center_img Specifically, CSA has configured the 15-metre multipurpose vessel to support marine geophysical survey. Each winch is capable up to 1,500 lbs pull with electronic controls for local or remote operation. The vessel gets power from twin Detroit Diesel 8-71 motors and a 20 kW generator. US-based CSA Ocean Sciences (CSA) has revealed the latest addition to its coastal survey fleet, the R/V Dolphin. Kevin Peterson, CEO of CSA, said: Forward, the vessel comes with two workstations for protected species observers and/or client representatives. The R/V Dolphin’s layout includes an aft working deck, a raised wheelhouse, as well as salon area below decks.last_img

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