03 September 2008

Underwater vehicle trials near Hantu and Semakau: MPA notice

Underwater vehicle trials are being conducted near Pulau Hantu and the natural shores on Pulau Semakau. It appears to be a project that involves the National University of Singapore Acoustic Research Laboratory.

AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE TRIALS AT THE SELAT PAUH ANCHORAGE
from PORT MARINE NOTICE NO. 155 of 2008 dated 2 Sep 2008

With effect from 08 Sep 2008 to 12 Sep 2008 at Selat Pauh Anchorage within an area bounded by the following coordinates (see plan) :
There will be a deployment of an underwater vehicle from a surface craft. The tethered craft will be operating in a 100m radius of the work boat. A safety boat will be in attendance during the entire period of trial at the anchorage.

Further enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Mr Parijat Deshpande, the research engineer, at Tel 9190 8617 or email: pari@arl.nus.edu.sg

Earlier in June, there was a notice of another (possibly related?) activity in the same area, posted on the wildfilms blog

ENVIRONMENTAL SAMPLING AND ACOUSTIC EXPERIMENTS AT THE SELAT PAUH ANCHORAGE
from PORT MARINE NOTICE NO. 123 of 2008 dated 24 June 2008

From 26 Jun 2008 to 04 Jul 2008 in the area indicated in the plan.

There will be measurements of ocean water and sea-bottom properties by unmanned vehicles and surface craft. The unmanned craft will be operating in a 500m radius of the work boats. Acoustic communication tests will also be carried out in the working area. A safety boat will be in attendance during the entire period of experiment at the anchorage. Further enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Ms Regina Chan, the project coordinator, at Tel 9835 1615 or email: regina@smart.mit.edu

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