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Kongsberg Maritime: New Generation Multibeam Trawl Sonar Delivers Real Time Refresh Rate

Press Release   •   Feb 29, 2016 12:16 GMT

FM90 data showing mackrel, captured from Danish combi vessel HG333 'Isafold'

The new Simrad FM90 Multibeam Trawl Sonar System is now available. With a class-leading near real-time image refresh rate, the FM90 provides a detailed live representation of the trawl, enabling the skipper and crew to maximise catch and reduce the potential for expensive damage by better trawl positioning.

The Simrad FM90 is a ‘third wire’ system, which builds on the already established market-leading trawl sonar system, the Simrad FS70. In addition to the increased one image per second refresh rate, it features a completely redesigned sonar unit. The FM90 Deployment Pack has a yellow top and black bottom to confirm correct orientation prior to launching and to assist in visual sighting during recovery. It also has improved hand holds to assist handling even with gloves on. The strain relief can be accessed using standard tools without opening the entire Deployment Pack and the unit is quick filling and draining.

Based on Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Kongsberg Mesotech’s highly regarded multibeam sonar technology, the FM90 delivers a far superior net outline image compared to one generated by a scanning sonar. Also, unlike, scanning sonar, the FM90 is a solid-state sonar system with no moving parts, which eliminates potential failure points and increases reliability and availability during trawl operations.

Significantly expanding the data generated by the system, the FM90 deployment pack also communicates with Simrad PI/PX 40 kHz sensors (up to a maximum of 6 measurements) by means of hydroacoustic links. Supported sensors include Catch, Depth, Temp, Bottom Contact, Rip, Door Spread, Door Depth, Net Geometry, Pitch/Roll, and Height. Existing 70 kHz sensors can be converted to 40 kHz sensors, ensuring a cost-effective upgrade path to the latest generation system. The FM90 Trawl Multibeam System also includes downwards and upwards looking 200 kHz echo sounders.

“Together, the robust, reliable and accurate sensors that make up the FM90 system deliver a real-time view of the trawl opening, its contents and the net itself, which allows captain and crew to maximise catch while minimising potential system stress and damage,” comments Thor Bærhaugen, Product Manager Catch Monitoring Systems, Kongsberg Maritime AS, Simrad. “The amount of data available, its quality and the rapid refresh rate means the system can provide significant ROI quickly, when used for all types of commercial fishing.”

The Simrad FM90 introduces new simplified software with automatic adjustments based on an updated version of Kongsberg Mesotech’s tried and tested M3 multibeam processing software, which has been successfully deployed for subsea survey and engineering applications world-wide for over 6 years. It features manual over-ride, colour threshold and range settings to assist the interpretation of visual data. Unlike the FS70, the FM90 software does not require a ‘dongle’, which experience proves can be easily lost. The software runs on a marine-grade PC, ensuring reliability of the system in rough seas, while upgrades are provided free of charge through a self-serve FTP site.

Trawlers upgrading from the FS70 to the FM90 will also benefit from being able to use their older system as a back-up, negating the need to purchase a second FM90 deployment pack for redundancy. Simrad has included a 3-foot whip connector with the FM90 so that if required, the FS70 can be plugged into the FM90 system quickly and easily, ensuring trawl operations can continue with the minimum of downtime.


For further information, please contact:

Thor Bærhaugen
Kongsberg Maritime – Simrad
Tel: +47 3303 4014

About Kongsberg Maritime
Kongsberg Maritime is a global marine technology company providing innovative and reliable technology solutions for all marine industry sectors including merchant, offshore, subsea and naval. Headquartered in Kongsberg, Norway, the company has manufacturing, sales and service facilities in 20 countries and a total of 65 worldwide offices.

Kongsberg Maritime developed systems for vessels cover all aspects of automation, control, navigation, safety and dynamic positioning. Kongsberg Maritime also develops subsea solutions covering systems for Underwater Mapping (UMAP), Underwater Navigation (UNAV), Subsea Monitoring (SUMO) and Marine Robotics in addition underwater cameras.

Marine and offshore training simulators, LNG equipment, information management software, position reference systems, integrated aquaculture technology and advanced products to support seismic and drilling operations are also part of the company’s diverse portfolio.

In parallel with its extensive technology portfolio, Kongsberg Maritime provides services within EIT (Electro, Instrument & Telecom) engineering and system integration, on an EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) basis.

Kongsberg Maritime delivers solutions that cover all aspects of technology underwater and on the water, aboard new build and retrofit vessels, and on offshore platforms and rigs, often under a single supplier strategy called The Full Picture.

Kongsberg Maritime is part of Kongsberg Gruppen (KONGSBERG), an international, knowledge-based group that celebrated 200 years in business during 2014. KONGSBERG supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine, and the defence and aerospace industries.

About Simrad
Since the company was started more than 60 years ago, Simrad has grown to be the world's most recognised brand in professional fish finding equipment.

Based in Norway and a part of Kongsberg Maritime AS, Simrad manufactures advanced sonars, echo sounders and catch monitoring instrumentation for the world's fishing fleet. It offers world-wide sales and service to the fishery community.

Simrad is also a world leader in equipment for fishery research. Single and multibeam echo sounders and sonars are used on research vessels all around the world. Scientists rely on Simrad's technology and accurate readings.