iXblue and Forssea Partner on Advanced LBL Deployment

iXBlue Fourth Generation GAPS USBL Acoustic Positioning System. (PRNewsFoto/iXBlue)

iXblue, which designs and manufactures advanced navigation, imagery and subsea positioning solutions, and Forssea, a robotics startup that develops autonomous docking underwater technologies, have joined forces to bring more agile and cost-effective subsea tools to offshore operations.

Combining Forssea’s Atoll, an observation-class ROV that offers autonomous docking capabilities, with iXblue’s DriX offshore going USV and its Gaps USBL embedded gondola, both companies are now offering a new method of LBL transponder array deployment and calibration.

The new solution uses Forssea’s Atoll autonomous docking system, designed to deploy and recover loads up to 1 ton from light opportunity offshore vessels, combined with iXblue’s DriX, a USV with high endurance and seakeeping performance. Using iXblue’s launch and recovery system and advanced autodocking capability, DriX can be deployed from any lifting device in sea states up to level three. Thanks to its embedded Gaps pre-calibrated INS and USBL acoustic system with field-proven box-in capabilities, the new solution provides flexible, robust and highly accurate calibration to offshore companies.

Stored into containers, all assets can be easily shipped to any operation in the world at very short notice and can be used from any light opportunity vessel equipped with a crane and with reduced crew onboard. —iXblue

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