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UK-based Osiris Projects has announced the launch of a coastal survey vessel designed to provide a working platform for coastal survey operations.

With a maximum speed of 24 knots, the new MV Proteus can work up to 60 miles from a safe haven under MCA Category 2.

According to the company, the vessel benefits from a shallow draft of just 1.0m and is suitable for inshore operations.

The vessel’s hull design ensures manoeuvrability at low as well as high speeds, while it incorporates a low drag profile for a better fuel economy.

Said to be the fourth custom build project undertaken by Osiris Projects, the vessel is equipped with an Inertial Navigation System (INS) and acoustic Ultra Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning systems for towfish tracking.

The back deck of MV Proteus is large and features a moon pool fitted with a hydraulic retractable hydrodynamic gondola, designed to accommodate a multibeam echo sounder system.

The vessel is mobilised with an AGO-CSW7 electric sonar winch permanently, which allows for the safe launch and recovery of geophysical equipment, including side scan sonar, sub bottom profilers and marine magnetometers, when combined with the hydraulic A-frame.

A separate hydraulic lifting winch on MV Proteus enables oceanographic and benthic survey equipment to be launched and recovered from the vessel, including a small inspection class ROV/drop down camera, various grab sampling equipment and benthic trawls.

With the help of additional custom designed over side mounts and davits, the vessel can be configured for a range of client requirements.

This optimises consistency between datasets acquired by Proteus and Osiris Projects’ 24hr vessels; 27.5m DP1 flagship ‘MV Bibby Tethra’ and 26.5m ‘MV Chartwell’, the company said.

Image: Osiris Projects’ MV Proteus has a maximum speed of 24 knots. Photo courtesy of Osiris Hydrographic & Geophysical Projects Limited.

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