Hydrographic Survey Vessels

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The two coastal hydrographic survey vessels of the Italian Navy have a catamaran structure, consisting of two hulls connected by a cross deck in reinforced fiberglass with side frames above the waterplane, an ABB automation system, and a dynamic positioning equipment providing high stability even in adverse weather conditions, and ensuring greater noiselessness. They operate in Italy's littoral area and islands, complementing the activities carried out by the main hydrographic survey vessel, ITS Magnaghi, which is tipically deployed on the high seas for the conduct of systematic surveys or extensive oceanographic research programmes. Specific equipment include a Simrad EM300 multibeam echosounder (30 Khz), a Simrad EA500 single beam echosounder (12, 120 and 200 KHz), an Atlas Deso 25 (33, 100 and 200 KHz) single beam echosounder, a towed Simrad MS992 sidescan sonar, GPS Trimble differential high-precision RTK satellite positioning systems, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP), a OTT Orpheus tide gauge station, a Sippican XBT MK21 bathythermograph system, an Ocean Seven 316 bathyprobe with Rosette system used for water sampling, Van Veen grab samplers for sediment sampling, and a Sindel automatic weather station for meteorological data collection.

The ship is equipped with one survey motor-boat for coastal and shallow water surveys fitted with a Simrad EA400 single beam echosounder (38 and 200 kHz), and a Simrad EM3000 multibeam echosounder (300 kHz).

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