Kongsberg Maritime and the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue have joined hands by signing an agreement for the development of a new and unique maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) technologies.
Five concept development areas for SAR will be covered by this partnership. They are: maritime operations, rescue operations, search on the surface of the sea, underwater search and digital solutions.
Under the agreement, the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue will be provided with the hydroacoustic systems of Kongsberg Maritime for in depth testing and for the development of new approches to SAR.
The systems comprise the innovative PulSAR sonar of Kongsberg Maritime that will be towed at the back of the rescue boat so as to inspect larger areas of sea in a short period of time, send images of the seabed and help the divers to directly reach to the desired targets. The SAR application will also be tested for the monitoring of diving operations.
“We want to ensure that people who are missing at sea and presumed lost are found more quickly,” says Rikke Lind, Secretary General of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue. “For the next of kin, it is important that presumed victims are found as quickly as possible. Living in uncertainty is an additional strain,” explains Secretary General Rikke Lind. “Sonar search must be much more accessible; we want to have a specialised team who can travel out with the sonar when needed.”
“With this cooperation, Kongsberg Maritime and the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue will test modern technologies to improve search and rescue and make it more effective,” explains Bjørn Jalving, Senior Vice President, Subsea at Kongsberg Maritime. “We are proud to be able to work together with the Society and contribute to its incredibly important work.”