A ROYAL Navy hydrographic vessel, the Survey Motor Boat (SMB) Nesbitt, (pictured) will be carrying out a survey in Stanley and the surrounds over the period January to April 2013.
SMB Nesbitt, and her crew of nine were last down in the Falkland Islands in 2011 when they carried out a survey of Mare Harbour. This year, they have returned to carry out a survey of Stanley, Port William and the environs. The survey work SMB Nesbitt is carrying out will take approximately three months with the hydrographic-trained sailors living and working out of Stanley.
Media Operations at Mount Pleasant told Penguin News today: "The Falklands came up on the survey rotation and was timed to tie in with the austral summer to give the crew an opportunity to carry out their job in fairer weather conditions. The crew will be operating from the boat and along the shoreline."
The motor boat carries an array of high-tech surveying equipment which is used to chart the depth of water and coastal features. The data taken from the survey will be fed back to the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) where it will be used to update the current commercially available charts for the area. As well as the motor boat, the crew will be bringing an unmanned underwater vehicle with them, the 'Hydroid Remus 100', to aid the mapping of the harbour floor. This bright yellow tube-like vessel, approximately 1.6m in length will be operated from a Modular Inflatable Boat (MIB) and will be used to scan the sea bed for rocks and debris.
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