UK-based global electronic subsea equipment supplier Seatronics has expanded its Asia Pacific rental fleet with the purchase of a new M3 sonar system from Kongsberg Mesotech.

The company has acquired the new system as part of its ongoing investment into new technology, in a bid to support its global marine equipment rental fleet growth.

The purchase also represents an improvement in the company’s sonar imaging and profiling capabilities.

According to Seatronics, the M3 multi-beam system offers multiple sonar functional capabilities in a single compact housing, and is expected to expand operational boundaries of customers in harsh water environments.

"The purchase also represents an improvement in the company’s sonar imaging and profiling capabilities."

Kongsberg’s sonar system combines the refresh rate of conventional multi-beam sonar with image quality comparable to high-resolution scanning sonar, providing high-resolution, easy-to-interpret images.

For bathymetric applications, the sonar can be integrated with third-party survey data acquisition and post-processing software, such as HYPACK, HYSWEEP and CARIS HIPs & SIPs.

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Seatronics Asia vice-president Derek Donaldson said: "Seatronics has always enjoyed support from Kongsberg on a local level and being able to place this order in Asia allows us to further support our regional Asia offices.

"The Kongsberg Mesotech brand is well known in the industry and the latest M3 sonar sets new standards in real-time imaging and profiling."