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Echo Explorer

Echo Explorerbuilt in 2014 is the latest vessel to join the Sonardyne fleet.  She is a 12mtr catamaran powered by 2- 420hp Iveco engines.

Operated and crewed by a highly experienced and professional team, Echo Explorer is a fully equipped Cat 2 vessel able to conduct operations out to 60nm day or night. She is a spacious, well-appointed vessel with a large working deck equipped with a Palfinger crane to assist deploying equipment from AUVs to subsea acoustic positioning and sonar imaging equipment. This can be deployed through the port and starboard moon pools or the large central moon pool & bow mounting position. Echo Explorer also offers single wireless connection whilst alongside, at sea Viprinet connection offering 3 x 4G connections utilizing overlapping networks, this provides an excellent stable connection and extended range.

Echo Explorer is fitted out with a full suite of Sonardyne’s 6G navigation and positioning equipment together with and the latest Garmin satellite navigation system.

Based in Plymouth she is used primarily for Sonardyne product development, training and demonstration, though she is also available for charter by third party organizations using Sonardyne equipment or independently for surveying and hydrographic use.

Please contact us to quote for your project.

What you need to know

  • Palfinger Deck Crane SWL 500KG
  • Hydraulic capstan SWL500KG
  • Port & Stbd inboard Moonpools additional central Moonpools for sensor deployment
  • Survey equipment mounting brackets on bow
  • On-board Wifi/  4G connectivity
  • GNSS/ DP navigation


Please contact us to quote for your project.

Vessel Overview
Type of Vessel Fast Catamaran
Builder Catapult Catamarans 2014
Classification MCA Cat 2 – 60 miles from safe haven
Licensed for: 2 Crew plus 12 Passengers
LOA 12.0M
Draft 1.6m
Speed/ Range 160nm @16kts Max Speed 24kts
Main Engines 2 X IVECO 420HP Twin Screw
Generator Fischa Panda 10000i pms