RESON has been awarded a new contract for delivery and installation of a SeaBat 7150-F dual frequency deepwater sonar system on the R/V White Holly in May 2009.
The delivery of the SeaBat 7150 is the first RESON sale of a deepwater system to an independent owner. Until now, the White Holly owned by Captain Vincent Backen has primarily been an educational and research vessel used in academic circles such as; Scripps, MBARI, US Fish and Game, and the Smithsonian. In 2008 the White Holly per-formed exceptionally well with the SeaBat 8160. With this new investment in the SeaBat 7150-F sonar system, White Holly Expeditions LLC will not only be able to offer Deep Water Hydrographic capabilities, but also, counter the short-ages of hull-mounted vessels commercially available on the West Coast of America.
Based in Sausalito, CA, White Holly is an open resource vessel, available for hire, for any mid-water and deep-water multibeam survey, capable of working anywhere in the world. White Holly is a 133foot vessel equipped with a SeaBat 8160 for depths down to 3000m. Furthermore it has the capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 12 surveyors.
The new SeaBat 7150 is RESON's advanced deepwater multibeam solution for detailed bathymetry from 200m to be-low 6000m. It provides the user the ultimate in resolution, performance and system expandability. The SeaBat 7150-F version is configured for 12kHz and 24kHz operations with focused beam widths of 2ºx2º and 1ºx1º respectively. The sonar system will be installed in an eight meter long gondola, which has recently been shipped from Denmark.