Norway: MMT Gets Moreano Survey Contract
MMT (Marin Mätteknik AB) was awarded the 2011 Mareano survey contract by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service. The survey was commenced in April – August 2011.
The survey included bathymetric data acquisition and processing in area Nordland VI in the Norwegian Sea outside the Nordland region, West of Bodø, Norway. The area that was surveyed covered about 9000 km2 and varies between about 200 and 1200 metres in depth. The assignment was conducted by MMT Survey vessel Franklin, length 56 metres, equipped with a Kongsberg EM710 Multibeam echo sounder.
Franklin has now headed toward Barents Sea to cover an area outside the Finnmark Region, North of Kirkenes, Norway. The depth varies between 200 and 400 metres.
The aim of the Mareano programme is to fill in gaps in knowledge about seabed conditions, habitats and biodiversity through detailed mapping of depth, sediments, bottom fauna and pollutants in Norwegian waters. The Mareano programme is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), working in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) and the Norwegian Hydrographic Service (NHS). The programme is financed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Source: MMT, August 22, 2011;