The event took place in the Norwegian Sea, more accurately at 69ºN 10ºE with a depth of 2997 metres. After a voyage of 6 hours, and a problem free recovery in seastate 5, HUGIN is now placed at its regular spot at the afterdeck of HU Sverdrup II.
As the first project of its kind, HUGIN 1000 was delivered with a depth rating of 3000 metres and is a part of FFI/KM/ HI’s effort to enter the Marin Research market. HUGIN was delivered to FFI (Norwegian Defence Research Establishment) with Kongsberg Maritime’s EM 2000 multibeam and Edgtech 2200 SSS/SBP (sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profiler) as its main sensors.
From left: Petter Lågstad, Project Manager, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), Stig Solem, Engineer R&D, Kongsberg Maritime, Thomas Christoffersen, Group Manager AUV
The Acoustic links and HiPAP installed in the hull functioned satisfactorily during the deep sea dive, proving that HU Sverdrup II is well suited for these types of operations. This delivery/run-up was completed in record time with only 2 sea trials before Pre-FAT. The first sea trial took place on 22nd of April, while the Pre-FAT took place on the 25th of April and the FAT the 29th of April, all of which were completed at Breiangen. The final CAT was signed on the 12th of May after a successful deep dive at approximately 120 nautical miles west of Andøya.