ASV Global has participated in LADC-GEMM consortium’s summer expedition to the Gulf of Mexico to monitor marine mammals near the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site.
ASV Global provided a C-Worker 5 autonomous surface vehicle as a passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) survey platform during this year’s cruise. The C-Worker 5 is a 5-meter long aluminum hull vessel with a 57 HP direct drive diesel engine. The payload outfit on this cruise was a 200m passive acoustic monitoring line array kit provided by Seiche, carried and deployed from ASV Global’s remote controlled scientific winch.
C-Worker 5 was controlled and monitored from support vessel R/V Pelican by ASV Global’s expert team of operators mobilized from Broussard, Louisiana.
On this cruise, the vessel consistently collected PAM data, comprising of whale and dolphin vocalizations and their source location. C-Worker 5 completed 1100 kilometers of transects and comparison lines over total of 8 days traveling at speeds of between 4.5 and 5.5 knots.