Pete Bethune's new amphibious vessel, christened "Sealegs", was launched in Auckland on April 20. Equipped with a full suite of electronics including the Simrad NSS Multifunction Display, 4G Broadband Radar and Structurescan the boat will be deployed in fisheries patrols off the west coast of Africa.
"The Simrad navigation package is ideal for a small patrol vessel such as Sealegs" said Bethune, “The 4G Broadband Radar is perfect for this kind of operation due to the low radiation and beam sharpening technology. Additionally, Structure Scan is essential to determine potential underwater hazards for our planned amphibious beach landings on uncharted coastlines”.
"Simrad Broadband Radars are in use around the world by many police, military units as well as Coastguard vessels" , Doug Anderson, Director, Sales and Marketing at Navico Asia Pacific explains, "so we recommended this system for the Sealegs vessel."
The Simrad radar and Structurescan are integrated into the NSS 12-inch multifunction display that allows up to a four-way split screen providing a complete interface to all other on-board equipment including engine interface and AIS.
The Sealegs vessel will undergo sea trials and crew training in New Zealand for the next few months and she will then be shipped to Africa where the crew will monitor illegal fishing operations.
7th May 2012