Ports of Jersey in the U.K. has taken delivery of a new Multi-Beam system from Swathe Services. Following an extensive trial period and tender process, Ports of Jersey selected Swathe Services to deliver the R2Sonic Sonic 2024 with TruePix and UHR 700 kHz capability.
The comprehensive equipment, software and support package was chosen by Aaron Gavey, Deputy Marine Operations Manager, to enhance the organization’s new commercial survey capability.
Gavey and his team also chose the new SBG Systems Apogee-U Inertial Navigation System with a Hemisphere R330 RTK base station and optional Atlas Link corrections. Valeport MiniSVS and SWiFT sensors completed the hardware purchase. C4R Maritime Solutions provided a bespoke mounting bracket for their multi-role pilot/survey vessel.
As an existing HYPACK user, Gavey chose to enhance their software capability with the HYSWEEP module.
The Swathe Services team installed and trialed the equipment in Jersey last week. Gavey commented, “The support from Swathe Services at all stages of the process has been fantastic. They were very helpful during the extensive procurement process and provided a turn-key solution that met all aspects of our operational requirements. There was a particular need to install on our existing multi-role pilot vessel and to take into account our large 12 meter tidal range.”
He also said, “It is great to finally have the system installed and operational. Initial data acquisition has been extremely promising and we are looking forward to using the system for both our own requirements, as well as for future commercial projects that may be open to Ports of Jersey.”
James Williams, Managing Director of Swathe Services, added, “We have worked hard to get R2Sonic sonars into U.K. ports. The Port of London Authority and Ports of Jersey have both chosen the Sonic 2024 over competitive systems within the last 12 months, so we are pleased to have established a firm foot in the ports and harbors market.”
“However, what is really exciting about this purchase is that Ports of Jersey selected the new Apogee-U INS. We have worked with the Apogee system 3 times since its product launch and it has proven to be an outstanding sensor. I have never seen real time performance as good as this device when compared with other high performance sensors. We believe that Ports of Jersey has now started a new trend in INS selection within the U.K. market.”