The new $180 million polar research vessel RRS Sir David
Attenborough currently under construction at the Cammell Laird
Birkenhead shipyard in the Port of Liverpool City Region, U.K. is
slated to be equipped with FarSounder's longest range sonar
system, the FarSounder-1000.
The new, state-of-the-art ship, owned by Natural Environment
Research Council (NERC), will enable scientists to explore and
undertake science in new areas of the Antarctic and Arctic seas.
With the vessel's ability to embark on longer voyages and explore
some of the most remote aquatic regions of the world, the
FarSounder sonar will primarily be used for navigation and
obstacle avoidance. In addition, its technology and data can
supplement the more traditional on-board science mission sensors.
The sonar will be protected during ice breaking operations via a
custom hoist designed and built by C4R Maritime Solutions of
Frederikssund, Denmark, and tested in the lab at Force Maritime
in Denmark. "Having this new solution for specialized vessels, a
new world opens up to many more vessels that can benefit from the
innovative technology of FarSounder." said Bill Endersen, senior
engineer at C4R.
Last year, FarSounder was integral in the residential ship The
World's groundbreaking excursion that reached the Ross Ice Shelf,
the furthest south any vessel has ever sailed.