Okeanus Science & Technology (Okeanus), an established provider of oceanographic rental equipment and turnkey survey systems, today announced a new partnership with SeaRobotics Corporation, a leading developer of unmanned marine systems, in a move to make Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) increasingly available for international rental.
The SR-Surveyor M1.8, a man-portable ASV from SeaRobotics’ Surveyor Class, is one of the first additions to Okeanus’ growing portfolio of cutting-edge survey solutions and is available for rental immediately. The SR-Surveyor M1.8’s tightly-integrated sensor suite allows operators to simplify survey logistics and optimize data acquisition in shallow and hard-to-navigate waters, making it the complete package for bathymetry, habitat mapping, structure inspection and search and rescue.
“Offering a comprehensive suite of ASVs for rental provides our customers with the choice and flexibility they need to respond to their end customers with fit-for-purpose proposals,” according to Okeanus managing director Benton LeBlanc. “Time and again, we get requests from survey teams looking to lease breakthrough technology, like the SR-Surveyor M1.8, for very specific tasks that demand rapid mobilization and the highest-quality data.”
The SR-Surveyor M1.8’s payload comes with a multibeam echosounder and Velodyne Puck LiDAR as standard, meaning that operators can capture a 360-degree view of all data points when inspecting coastal infrastructure, such as near-shore pipelines, bridges, piers, and underwater rigs.
Speaking of the partnership, SeaRobotics president Don Darling said:
“We recognize the growing demand for autonomous systems for hydrographic survey and the SR-Surveyor M1.8 is the only compact system on the market right now that offers such a diverse range of simultaneous data sets: two frequencies of side scan, motion tolerant side scan, wide swath bathymetry, backscatter, LiDAR point cloud data, and discharge data, supported by a dual antenna RTK INS, and surface velocity sensor—all in a 1.8-meter package.”