Aberdeen rental company, Unique System UK Ltd has added some of the most advanced Sonardyne technology to its inventory with the purchase of a Ranger-Pro USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) acoustic positioning system. The company, which has only recently opened its Aberdeen facility, has also bought a number of Wideband Sub-Mini transponders, acoustic release transponders and associated deck command units.
The Ranger system offers high performance, survey grade acoustic positioning for tracking ROVs, towfish and as a reference for dynamically positioned vessels. The portable Ranger-Pro package bought by Unique System is intended for the most advanced survey applications and can be temporarily installed on vessels of opportunity. It incorporates Sonardyne's unique ‘ping stacking' technology which provides one second position update rates independent of water depth, tracking of up to 10 targets and full ocean depth operating range. The system is compatible with a wide range of industry transponders including Sonardyne's Wideband Sub-Minis which have recently benefited from an upgrade in operating depth from 3,000 metres to 4,000 metres.
Ray Hughes of Unique System believes that the Sonardyne equipment will be essential for meeting the needs of his customers. "Our clients expect to work with the best and most innovative equipment there is. It is our job to ensure that we have the right equipment available for them to rent whenever they need it," he said. "This investment has been made in anticipation of an upturn in offshore activity. The new Sonardyne equipment is already ear-marked for its first rental customer who intends to use it in deep water off West Africa. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead in 2010 and are positioned to accommodate any increased demand throughout the year," he added.
Unique System UK Ltd is part of the Unique System group of companies. They are leading providers of specialist integrated services for hydrographic survey, offshore construction, oceanographic, environmental, non-destructive testing, ROV and diving equipment sales and rentals. The company has its headquarters in Sharjah UAE with established bases in the USA in both Houston and New Iberia and others in Cape Town, Mumbai and a partnering outlet in Singapore.
Sonardyne has its head office in Yateley, Hampshire, UK with regional operating subsidiaries in Singapore, Houston, Aberdeen and Brazil. The company is a world leader in the design and manufacture of underwater acoustic positioning, inertial navigation, subsea communications and sonar technology systems for the offshore oil and gas, ocean scientific and maritime security industries.