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2012 Falkor Multibeam Echosounder System Review

Vessel: R/V Falkor
Multibeam System: EM302/EM710
Dates: May 2012

RV Falkor is equipped with Kongsberg Maritime (KM) EM302 and EM710 multibeam echosounders (MBES). Both systems underwent Sea Acceptance Trials (SATs) in May 2012 in Sognefjord, Norway. The bathymetric and topographic constraints imposed by the fjord limited the ability to fully test the EM302. Additional system testing was conducted during a second set of trials while in transit from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK to Nuuk, Greenland in July 2012. It is the intent of this report to document the outcome of both trials and to provide an assessment of the capabilities of both systems with respect to their advertised abilities.

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