Kongsberg Equipped KRI Spica Goes to Indonesian Navy

The second of two oceanographic and hydrographic vessels designed and built by OCEA in France for the Indonesian Navy was handed over following a commissioning ceremony in Jakarta.

The KRI Spica (934), is the sister ship to the June 2015 delivered KRI Rigel (933), which is already on active survey duty in Indonesian waters.

The two aluminium multi-purpose ships are equipped with technology packages delivered by Kongsberg Maritime.

“Aluminium is smooth in the water, hence creating less bubbles, which will enable the Indonesian Navy to get the best results possible from the Kongsberg subsea equipment,” said OCEA’s director of sales, Fabrice Epaud.

The Indonesian Navy’s new vessels will be utilized to survey the seabed and waters of the Indonesian archipelago.

Kongsberg-supplied equipment for both vessels includes a Hugin AUV per vessel, EM 2040 and EM 302 multibeam echo sounders, EA 600 single beam echo sounder and side scan sonar, in addition to HiPAP hydroacoustic positioning systems.

Both vessels have their own 8 meters survey launches also equipped with Kongsberg Maritime subsea technology including the EM 2040 multibeam and EA 400 single beam echo sounder.

Helge Uhlen, VP subsea sales, Kongsberg Maritime said: “We have worked closely with OCEA to ensure the vessel owner can get the most out of the technology we have supplied, helping them to operate effectively and generate precise results even when surveying at high speed. It’s testament to the sophisticated design and construction methods OCEA uses and our on-going co-operation that survey results from the KRI Rigel have already surpassed expectations.”