USV Maxlimer to carry out caldera survey of underwater volcano
NIWA, New Zealand's leading environmental science and applied research service provider, has announced an exciting project by NIWA and The Nippon Foundation to undertake a mission to discover the undersea impacts of the recent Tongan volcanic eruption at a press conference on 1 April 2022 at 01:00 BST.
As a key part of the project, SEA-KIT International’s Uncrewed Surface Vessel, ‘Maxlimer’, will carry out a full month’s survey over the caldera, mapping its current shape.
During this time the vessel, remotely controlled from SEA-KIT’s base in Essex, will gather a range of data to develop and support understanding of the eruption’s undersea impact using less than 2% of the fuel of a typical survey vessel.
Deployment of a USV for survey inside the caldera not only reduces risk to people, but also ensures that the carbon emissions for the project are significantly lower than they would be if a crewed vessel was deployed for the entire project period.