ThayerMahan, which recently reached agreement with iXblue in France to use the latter’s DriX unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) in North America and other parts of the world, has signed a partnering agreement with sonar and seabed imaging specialist PanGeo Subsea to provide clients with seabed and sub-seabed survey technology to reduce risk and provide 3D imagery
PanGeo Subsea has two acoustic survey technologies – a sub-bottom imager and an acoustic corer – that can penetrate the seabed to depths of 6-9 m and 36 m, respectively, to provide real-time 3D visualisation of buried hazards.
ThayerMahan chief executive Mike Connor said, “This partnership combines ThayerMahan’s ability to conduct high-speed, high-precision seabed search with PanGeo’s ability to investigate sub-seabed conditions.”
PanGeo Subsea chief executive Moya Cahill said, “We are happy to bring PanGeo’s risk mitigation solutions to the US offshore renewable sector and build on the success we enjoyed as part of the Block Island and South Fork offshore wind projects.
“This partnership will strengthen our respective positions to deliver survey solutions for UXO, pre-route, depth of burial and pile foundation clearance surveys.”
Connecticut-based ThayerMahan plans to use iXblue’s DriX USV to address a range of maritime and survey applications for the offshore renewables and offshore oil and gas markets. They also plan to offer hydrographic survey services for the dredging sector.
As previously highlighted by OWJ, the DriX USV has already attracted significant attention from the offshore renewables and oil and gas markets. UK-based Bibby HydroMap recently conducted a demonstration on an offshore windfarm using the French company’s vessel.
The versatile system has the ability to accommodate a hydrographic and geophysical survey payload and to aid positioning of underwater vehicles, facilitating data collection on a variety of marine projects.