ABP launches new vessel
Mon, 28 November 2016
ABP (Associated British Ports) has marked the launch of its latest survey vessel, Humber Sounder, with a naming ceremony at its home port of Hull.
Built by Blyth Workcats at its Canvey Island yard in Essex, UK, the £500,000 14-metre catamaran will be used to survey and manage channels and waterways in and around the Humber Estuary which, according to Harbour Master Andrew Firman, is one of the world’s most challenging waterways with a catchment area of around 10,000 square miles. In addition to Hull, neighbouring port confines also to be covered include those at Goole, Grimsby and Immingham.
Featuring hydrographic equipment costing almost £250,000, the new vessel is said to be manoeuvrable enough to also negotiate narrow sectors of the rivers Ouse and Trent while its twin hulls provide a stable platform for surveying some of the more taxing conditions of the North Sea. Its wheelhouse, which includes forward-looking sonar and deck cameras together with a host of precision equipment and touch screen monitors, can accommodate up to 12 passengers and crew.
Source: David Goodfellow