Two MVP30-350 Systems for Geological Survey of Ireland
The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) has purchased new Moving Vessel Profilers (MVP) in a move that aims to improve the productivity, safety and data quality of survey operations, Canadian manufacturer AML Oceanographic announced.
The two MVP30-350 systems were ordered for installation aboard a pair of 16-meter survey catamarans that will help complete a large scale project to map all Irish waters by 2026. GSI is working on the project in partnership with the Marine Institute of Ireland under the joint program INFOMAR.
The first of the two systems was commissioned aboard RV Mallet in November 2018, with delivery of the second MVP30-350 for RV Keary to occur in 2019.
“The MVP is expected to improve productivity by over 10 percent, but more importantly they will enhance safety,” explained Project Manager Sean Cullen. Instead of having crew members venture out onto the deck in all weather to manually take a static profile, the underway profiling systems will automatically and continuously collect SVPT and output the data to the multibeam echosounder in real-time while the vessel travels at 8-10 knots.
To date, more than 130 MVP systems have been supplied to organizations around the world.