The Peruvian Navy has selected Kongsberg Maritime to deliver an integrated subsea technology systems package, including two HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), for its new hydrographic and oceanographic research vessel.

The 97m-long vessel, BAP Carrasco, is being constructed at Construcciones Navales P Freire shipyard in Spain, and was launched on 7 May this year.

The equipment package includes a Kongsberg EM122, a deepwater multibeam echo sounder, Kongsberg EA600 12, 38 and a 200kHz single beam echo sounder.

"The new vessel will be able to conduct research in Peruvian waters, thereby fulfilling Peru’s commitment under the Antarctic Treaty."

Additional equipment includes a SBP 120 3º sub-bottom profiler, and Simrad EK80 18, 38, 70, 120 and 200kHz scientific single beam multi-frequency echo sounders.

For enhanced medium water operations, the company will provide two Kongsberg HUGIN AUVs with hydrographic, geology and geophysics configurations to facilitate a high-resolution survey depth rated to 3,000m and a high-precision acoustic positioning (HiPAP) system.

Featuring Polar capability and classified with a PC7 notation, the new vessel will be able to conduct research in Peruvian waters, thereby fulfilling Peru’s commitment under the Antarctic Treaty.

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Equipped with Kongsberg’s solutions, the Peruvian Navy will perform missions within hydrography, oceanology, geology, biology, and geophysics fields.

Kongsberg will deliver the equipment package in partnership with Robinson Marine Electronics in Callao, Peru and Simrad, Spain.

As part of the contract, Kongsberg will also manage the installation of the acoustic transducers for ice water operations and integrate various sub-systems, including the K-Sync synchronisation unit, an advanced position, heading and motion reference system, and the MDM500 Marine Data Management system.

Image: The Peruvian Navy’s new research vessel will be equipped with Konsgberg’s integrated solutions and an AUV. Photo: courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime AS.