Mon, 05 October 2015
Among a string of exports this summer, UK catamaran workboat builder Cheetah Marine reports that it has delivered two 7.9m hydrographic survey vessels.
Both vessels feature Cheetah Marine’s patented Hydropod housing enabling easy deployment of Multibeam Echosounder (MBES) technology through the moonpool.
7.9m SONUS, towed to Basel in Switzerland will be used to survey and monitor twenty miles of the upper sections of the Rhine. Purchased by the Port of Basel, Cheetah’s long survey style wheelhouse was selected to accommodate the six person crew. A six wheel trailer also built by Cheetah Marine will enable launch and recovery from different survey sites.
Propulsion is provided by 2 x Honda 100hp extra longshaft engines with hydraulic steering. Surveying can take place at 6-10 knots with the engines providing additional speeds of up to 27 knots during transit between survey sites.
Cheetah Marine’s standard survey package for the wheelhouse fit out included two suspension seats on storage pods and a port side worktop with stainless steel computer racking below on rubber mounted rack supports.
Recently arrived in Hong Kong is a similar specification 7.9m Survey Cheetah. Unlike its Swiss counterpart,Survey 1 commissioned by Engineering Surveys Ltd features Cheetah’s full Hydropod electronic lifting system. The overhead stainless steel frame and awning boasts a triangular support frame to ensure maximum accuracy when surveying, and removing the requirement for recalibration after transit.
Source: Jake Frith, http://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/industry-news/cheetah-exporting