- by THS:UKI CEO
- 17 April 2023
- Society & Industry News
HydroSurv, a leading provider of low-impact Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs), has announced the sale of three REAV-16 inland multi-purpose USVs to new customer MSeis Limited. MSeis is a specialist provider of marine acoustic monitoring products and associated training and support services to the marine surveying industry. The sale represents a breakthrough into new applications that combine MSeis technology with HydroSurv’s USV platforms.
Equipped with state-of-the-art NaviSuite Kuda Core autopilot technologies provided by EIVA, the three USVs sold to MSeis are the latest in a series of USV deliveries. The REAV-16 is the smallest product in HydroSurv’s range and is designed to operate in a wide range of inland and sheltered water environments.
“HydroSurv is delighted to welcome MSeis to a growing list of customers adopting our Rapid Environmental Assessment Vessels as their landing pad to begin providing USV services,” said David Hull, founder & CEO of HydroSurv.
“These battery electric USVs are an easy choice for customers like MSeis demanding portability and payload carrying performance. The purchase of multiple platforms will allow MSeis to multiply the productivity and efficiency gains offered by small USVs and we’re confident they will deliver outstanding performance and results for this important new customer”.
MSeis selected REAV-16s due to their ease of operation, communications capability and onboard computing power. The versatile craft provide a most suitable platform for mounting small hydrophone arrays or calibrated hydrophones that can be towed or accurately positioned on station respectively. Simple deployment, requiring no specialised equipment, was also seen as a real advantage.
MSeis Managing Director, Mark Higginbottom, commented: “We are really excited at the new opportunities purchasing the REAV-16s gives us. We envisage numerous new applications such as cetacean mitigation and absolute noise measurement as well as the more standard hydrographic designation. We look forward to working with David and the team at HydroSurv to help provide solutions for the challenges ahead.”
The sale of these USVs marks another step forward in HydroSurv’s commitment to scale its deployment of USV technology. By making its technology accessible and economically viable, HydroSurv aims to capture the impact that comes with enabling the sector to transition to USV technology.
Two other HydroSurv USV designs, REAV-28 and REAV-60, will be at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton this week (18-20 April) taking part in the on-water demonstrations at the UK’s renowned ocean technology exhibition and training forum – Ocean Business.