June 28 2023
FSUE “Rosmorport” introduces marine unmanned technologies for hydrographic survey. Mr. Kirill Gaida, “Rosmorport” Deputy Director General for Navigation Safety, spoke about this at the 1st Hydrographic Conference. The participants of the event were presented with a domestically invented and produced hydrographic complex based on an unmanned aquatic vehicle (UAV) with a single-beam echo sounder, which is capable of operating autonomously for 8 hours. It will be used in the water area of the Vladivostok seaport, in particular, for hydrographic support of repair dredging, the “Rosmorport” press service reports.
Now the enterprise is introducing hydrographic UAVs to optimize depth control in the water areas of seaports and on approaches to them with critical sub-keel depths to ensure the safety of navigation and hydrographic support for repair dredging. They use the innovative unmanned hydrographic complex based on a UAV equipped with a single-beam echo sounder – an unmanned small-sized trimaran vessel. It has been used in the waters of the Kaliningrad Sea Canal to support the construction of Marine International Cruise terminal in the port of Pionersky.
“The use of UAVs with hydrographic equippment will allow FSUE “Rosmorport” to organize constant monitoring of depths in the water areas of seaports and on approaches to them. In addition, this will significantly reduce the company’s costs for employing hydrographic boats to conduct these activities, as well as increase the mobility of hydrographic units,” said Kirill Gaida.
The 1st Hydrographic Conference was held in St. Petersburg on June 27, 2023. It was organized as part of the celebrations dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Hydrographic Enterprise” (now a part of the “Rosatom” state corporation). During the conference, the participants discussed the achievements of the domestic hydrographic industry, the prospects for its development and a possible format for international cooperation. They paid particular attention to hydrographic surveys in the waterways of the Northern Sea Route.