Peel Ports successfully completes first trial of autonomous unmanned survey vessel
Peel Ports is the first Port group in the United Kingdom to take delivery of an autonomous unmanned survey vessel, which completed its first successful trial at Crosby Marine Lake, North of Liverpool last week.
Peel Ports offered Sefton Council the first trial of FITZROY’s services which provided hydrographic charts of Crosby Marine Lake, located a short distance from The Port of Liverpool. Its survey capabilities were able to provide valuable data of the lakebed which will feed into the upcoming planned dredging operations.
The trial also provided assurance to Peel Ports that the quality of the data is equal to that of previous surveys conducted by manned vessels.
Developed by L3 Harris and featuring pioneering technology, the 4.5m vessel, named FITZROY, weighs 1 tonne and carries multibeam sonar equipment capable of hi resolution seafloor mapping down to 100m.