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iXblue builds capacity for simultaneous operations on either side of the Tasman

By Eric Van Rees - 4th October 2020 - 08:47

iXblue is excited to announce the award of two significant hydrographic charting projects this month.

The projects were awarded by the Australian Government Department of Defence and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) under their respective annual survey and charting programs. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID19 pandemic this year, iXblue will be exercising new in-house capabilities to undertake both major projects simultaneously.

The LINZ project, part of iXblue’s program on the Hydrographic Suppliers Panel, will see nearly 2,000 linear nautical miles of high resolution bathymetry data collected in coastal waters off the Coromandel Peninsula – a highly trafficked waterway on the east coast of the North Island. To complete this project, iXblue will employ a 32-metre mothership and the 8-metre DriX – iXblue’s specialist Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV). According to David Field, iXblue’s regional Operations Manager, “with the mothership and DriX working simultaneously on a 24/7 basis, we will nearly halve the time it would usually take to collect this information, drastically reducing the environmental impact and cost of the operation”. Both vessels will be fitted with industry leading sensors and software from iXblue, Kongsberg, Valeport, RBR, QPS and CARIS and will be managed by NZ-based iXblue staff.

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