UK-based Chartwell Marine has unveiled its ‘Scanwell’ shallow draft survey vessel. The Scanwell range is available in multiple hull sizes – 10 m, 12 m, 15 m and 19 m – enabling use in a range of applications, such as offshore energy, renewables, port infrastructure and scientific expeditions
There are already two vessels on order – the first of which has been recently delivered, a 10-m survey vessel and a 19-m training vessel.
The Scanwell design can operate in water depths of just 1.5 m if required. More widely, shallow draft vessels are ideal for surveys for cable transfers to beaches and UXO surveys.
“The Scanwell’s larger size enables an additional level of versatility, allowing the vessel to be effective in both shallow draft situations and further out to sea,” said Chartwell.
“In the offshore energy sector, windfarms need surveying throughout their lifecycles, from the initial preparations to laying cables, maintenance checks on subsea infrastructure and final decommissioning. The same goes for oil and gas – with the additional need to ensure safe decommissioning of oil pipelines.”
A hybrid version of the new survey vessel has been used as a teaching/education unit, a task to which the vessel is particularly suited, owing to its quiet operation.