C & C Technologies building third AUVVessel & ROV News // January 24, 2006
C & C Technologies has commenced building a third C-Surveyor AUV.
C & C Technologies in the US recently began assembling its third Surveyor class autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The C-Surveyor III is expected to be available for advanced hydrographic surveys starting in May 2006.
Tentatively slated for March 2006, C & C and Kongsberg Maritime will perform sea trials in Norway before shipping the base vehicle to C & C’s corporate office to install the advanced surveyor payload.
C & C system engineers will be installing C & C’s proprietary hardware and software into the C-Surveyor III. The AUV sensors will include a multi-beam echo sounder, chirp side scan sonar, chirp sub-bottom profiler, CTD system and a methane detector.
The Edgetech DW106 sub-bottom profiler on board will be customized with narrow transmit and receive beams to permit significantly deeper seabed penetration.
In addition to the sub-bottom profiler, a specialized Dynamically Focused (DF) sidescan sonar system will be installed to provide five times more resolution than traditional systems.
C & C initially plans to keep the C-Surveyor III AUV stationed in the Gulf of Mexico.
The AUV is being customized to permit ultra-deep water surveys in water depths up to 4,500m. The C –Surveyor I & II AUVs will rotate locations between Brazil, West Africa and the Middle East.
Thomas Chance, President of C & C Technologies, said: "Our deep water AUV capabilities are second to none. With this new addition to our fleet, we will be able to service all regions of the world simultaneously, while decreasing mobilization costs on international projects.”