2022 starts with another demo for a major Dutch dredging company. Whilst performing the endurance tests with the Autonomous Surface Vessel, Phoenix 5, we take the opportunity to show the capabilities to interested users. The demonstration started sailing manually by remote control from the jetty to the survey spot from where the autonomous system took over. Also the sound velocity probe was dipped during the demo through the automated winch. The whole operation was controlled out of the mobile control station.
Autonomous survey vessels add high value to dredging companies as the survey activities are in many cases intermittent. Waiting time for skipper and hydrographer are saved and regulation allows use of unmanned vessels within working territory.