- On 9th February 2021
- In Ecology, Engineering, Research and Development
- By Izaak
The Exo fleet is growing! We recently trialled our new surveying vessel; the Exo Explorer for the first time!
The Exo Explorer took to the water in her maiden voyage in Brightlingsea harbour, in Essex, on a typically English December afternoon. Safe to say, it was the type of day when even the harbour staff did not want to be outside, with freezing winds and choppy sea, that would have been too much for our open deck survey boat, the Exo Surveyor. However, the Exo Explorer was right at home in these conditions.
The Exo Explorer is an Arvor 18 and has a maximum cruising speed of 12 knots courtesy of a Nanni 4220 engine, giving Exo increased capability and range when conducting an array of marine surveys, including bathymetry and benthic sampling. The increased vessel size (18 feet in length) and inboard engine design allows us to be on the water for longer and increase the area we can survey, providing additional data to our clients.
The enclosed compartment offers a warm and dry area to escape the elements and more importantly allows for all of the surveying equipment to remain dry and secure in rough conditions! Additionally, our new vessel comes with inbuilt radio and sonar, providing a layered multifunctionality to our work.
The sea trial involved various tests, including speed and engine tests in the wider Colne estuary, manoeuvrability and handling within Brightlingsea harbour and all round system functioning, lasting approximately 2 hours. The Exo Explorer passed all the tests with flying colours and it won’t be long until you see her out on the water surveying near you!
Alongside the Exo Surveyor and Exo RIBS, the Exo Explorer adds another dimension to our expanding capability to meet your surveying requirements!