Cassie Stetkiewicz discusses FarSounder’s systems that are the only products on the market capable of generating a true, 3-dimensional image ahead of a vessel in real-time
Groundings and collisions cost lives and money and have significant environmental impacts. What is ahead of the vessel and underwater is the most essential navigation information that can mitigate a dangerous situation. The best prevention is to have a suite of tools working together to provide you the most information possible allowing for heightened situational awareness.
In order for a forward looking sonar to be an effective navigation tool, it must have a wide field of view, a fast update rate and be capable of sensing from the seafloor all the way to the sea surface with a single ping. This provides the crew with reliable real-time data. The FarSounder Argos Forward Looking Sonars complete this allowing their users to access more remote destinations with limited risk.
With their changing demographics, yacht owners and their guests want to access more remote and exclusive destinations. One such adventure that is becoming sought after is travelling through the northwest passage. As more yachts are accessing polar regions, some of them are choosing to explore this route. Much of the route has little to no chart data and includes ever changing ice formations and shifting bottoms. Drifting icebergs and bergy bits are abundant. This is a dangerous undertaking without a tool to see under the waters ahead. This is an obvious case for using forward looking sonar. Users of the Argos systems can rest easy knowing that ice is a good target for the systems.
Another popular type of destination is the thousands of beautiful reefs, islands, and atolls in the South Pacific. In some cases, the main transit lanes are fairly well charted. Although there have been highly publicised accidents occurring even in these routes. But most yachts are interested in entering those quiet little coves and lagoons. This is where they want to go and those vast areas are practically uncharted. You would need a real time reliable navigation tool to keep the vessel and passengers safe.