MV Ivero, the latest edition to the Gardline vessel fleet, has recently been mobilised in Lowestoft, ready to commence a geophysical survey for a wind farm development, offshore Germany. This follows on from a significant benthic sampling campaign over a large wind farm development site, offshore of East Anglia.
The vessel has been extensively upgraded to perform a variety of marine survey tasks, including geophysics, benthic sampling, shallow geotechnics, UXO and post construction monitoring and cable burial surveys.
Although only 34m in length and 3m draft Ivero, uniquely for this class of vessel, features accommodation for up to 16 charterers, a purpose-built 25m2 survey laboratory, a large aft working deck and a 20T SWL A-frame. Twin screw and bow thruster offers a high degree of manoeuvrability for sampling operations combined with low fuel consumption. A high resolution survey sensor suite has been installed including hull-mounted shallow water Kongsberg multibeam bathymetry, DGPS and acoustic positioning, side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, survey and sampling winches.
Latest additions include multiple magnetometer deployment for more efficient UXO survey, fully integrated seismic geophysical capability and a modular system for rapid reconfiguration between survey tasks.
With typical endurance of 21 days and 24-hour capability to operate from 5m to 150m water-depths, Ivero offers a flexible and cost-effective solution for a wide range of survey activities.