Kongsberg Maritime has launched an advanced MK-II version of its EM® 710 multibeam echo sounder. The new EM 710 MK-II increases range and swath coverage over the original EM 710 by up to 40%.
The EM 710 MK-II has a maximum range of approximately 2800m, a significant improvement over the original version’s 2000m, while swath coverage has increased to 3000m from 2000m. This will result in reduced survey time for the end user. Kongsberg Maritime’s engineers have achieved this by increasing the frequency band used when transmitting from 40 to 100 kHz, the company informed.
All users of the original EM 710 will be able to upgrade to the enhanced MK-II by replacing some hardware and software in the transceiver unit, which enables the use of the lower frequencies.
“The EM 710 set a paradigm shift in multibeam development when it was originally launched so we are delighted to raise the bar once again with the release of the MK-II,” comments Helge Uhlen, Product Sales Manager, Kongsberg Maritime.