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Sonardyne 6G Order from Seatronics for West Africa Project

Feb 14, 2015
Pictured on the Sonardyne stand at Subsea Expo 2015 in Aberdeen: Phil Middleton, deputy managing director, Seatronics Equipment Rentals (Right), Barry Cairns, VP Sonardyne Europe and Africa (Left).

Seatronics, UK, is to take delivery of GBP1million worth of its 6G acoustic positioning technology. The contract was placed on the second day of the Subsea Expo 2015 exhibition and conference in Aberdeen, UK. The multi-functional Compatt 6 transponders and Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) positioning systems that make up the order will be utilised for a wide variety of subsea operations including structure installation, pipeline metrology, ROV tracking and touchdown monitoring.

The equipment is headed for West Africa to support the survey and construction phases of a major new field development project. 

The Ranger 2 systems are being supplied with Sonardyne’s high performance Gyro-USBL transceiver. Unlike a conventional USBL transceiver, GyroUSBL can be set to work without the need for a time-consuming calibration procedure to determine the alignment of the ship’s motion sensors to the acoustic transceiver prior to use. Its easy installation and setup features ensure it is always in high demand in the offshore rental market where it is frequently supplied for short term use on vessels of opportunity.

 Commenting at Subsea Expo 2015, Phil Middleton, Seatronic’s Deputy managing director for Subsea Rentals said this equipment adds to the largest rental stock of 6G equipment available globally and is in place to support committed client projects due to mobilise this spring.


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