GSE Rentals of Aberdeen, UK has made a major investment in Sonardyne's advanced 6G technology by adding a Ranger 2 USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) acoustic positioning system to its equipment inventory. This is the first purchase of a Ranger 2 system by a rental company and it is anticipated by GSE that the system will be in high demand for survey operations in the North Sea and elsewhere.
Ranger 2 is designed for deep water, long range tracking of underwater targets such as ROVs and also position referencing for dynamically positioned (DP) vessels. The new system builds on the simplicity and performance of Sonardyne's popular Ranger 1 system but adds support for the company's latest sixth generation (6G) acoustic instruments and Wideband 2 signal architecture. These technologies offer precise acoustic ranging, fast data telemetry and hardware that is easier to set up and operate even in the most challenging subsea operating environments.
The equipment purchased by GSE Rentals includes a complete Ranger 2 topside, high performance omni-directional HPT transceiver and four directional Wideband Mini Transponders (WMT). This equipment package can be easily and quickly installed on vessels-of-opportunity to position multiple subsea targets over a wide area and range of water depths with the highest levels of accuracy.
Commenting on the decision to purchase Ranger 2, Alan Cameron, Engineering Manager of GSE Rentals said: "The acquisition of Ranger 2 compliments our existing range of Hydrographic, Geophysical and Oceanographic rental equipment and ensures that our clients now have access to the very latest subsea acoustic positioning technology. Ranger 2 and its advanced features will improve the efficiency of survey operations, reduce vessel delays and generate savings for those using it."
Ranger 2 is manufactured at Sonardyne's headquarters in Yateley, southern England. The company has regional operating subsidiaries in Aberdeen, Singapore, Houston, and Brazil and is recognised as 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.