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Anything 2D Forward Looking Sonars can do, 3D can do better?

Superyacht Technology Digital Magazine

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We pit 2D against 3D to understand what we can expect from different Forward Looking Sonars

With more and more exploration yachts choosing to operate in challenging environments, the risk of collision with poorly charted obstacles, wrongly placed obstacles (due to GPS malfunctions), or transient obstacles such as ice and submerged shipping containers, increases significantly. Groundings with large underwater structures such as rocks, reefs, sandbanks and shoals are unfortunately significant risks. And the annual costs of groundings and collisions run up into the billions every year.

Changes to Data Sourcing in Modern Times

Hydro International

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The New Data Paradigm


Marianne Molchan

Seaports, waterways and climate are inextricably linked. Weather anomalies change bottom contours and destroy aids to navigation compromising safety. In the past decade, maritime applications, maturingFinal Figure 1 marine technologies and crowdsourcing have given mariners access to near-real-time hydrographic data.

The Sea Less Travelled

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Marianne Molchan

With more superyachts cruising atypical waters, the dangers presented by insufficient chart data are increasing. Marianne Molchan, president of Molchan Marine Sciences, looks at the role of forward-looking sonar and how it could be a game changer for the adventurous owner-captain team.

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Work locally, succeed globally

Providence Business News

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Cheryl M. Zimmerman

ANYONE who knows us has heard my mantra of "stay focused on our company goals." From the beginning, our goal has been to see our Rhode Island-made navigation sonars become the internationally recognized safety tool for ships navigating on all the world's oceans and inland waterways.One Last Thing_PBN Article

Seeing into the Future

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Getting real-time data for an extended range of up to 1,000 meters in front of a vessel is now possible with a new type of 3D forward-looking sonar. The ranges of previous sonars were much shorter. That additional distance translates into extra reaction time - a critical advantage in today’s congested shipping lanes.

Software Advances in Forward-Looking Sonar

Sea Technology


Cheryl M. Zimmerman • Matthew J. Zimmerman • Paul Elgar

Situational awareness is key for safe navigation. As more and more vessels operate in challenging environments, the risk of allusions with uncharted or wrongly placed obstacles and collisions with transient obstacles (such as ice and submerged shipping containers) increases significantly. Groundings on large underwater structures such as rocks, reefs, sandbanks and shoals are unfortunately significant risks for the mariner.

FarSounder receives national SBA Tibbetts Award for innovation

Providence Business News


Lori Stabile

WARWICK – FarSounder Inc. has received a 2015 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The high-tech marine electronics manufacturer was among 23 small businesses and six individuals and three supporting organizations recognized for their “exemplary roles” in the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, according to a news release from the SBA.

High-Tech Small Businesses to Receive Tibbetts Awards for Innovative and Outstanding Contributions

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to announce the 2015 Tibbetts Awards to 23 small businesses, six individuals, and - for the first time - three supporting organizations for their exemplary roles in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. 

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A Washington based security consulting firm, which has advised US Congress and fitted US airports with high level security, has joined the FarSounder dealership team. 

New Age Security Solutions (NASS), established shortly after 9/11 to meet the new needs of global security, has entered into the field of underwater security recently and will be progressing this work under the FarSounder partnership. 

FarSounder 3D sonar systems

Superyacht Business



Rachel Redhead

The new 1000 is FarSounder's flagship navigation sonar, which offers users 3D forward looking navigation out to 1/2 nautical mile (900-metres) ahead of the vessel, while the 500 gives navigation information out to over 1/4 nautical mile (500-meters). Another advantage of the 1000 is the ability to select between a wide field-of-view or an extended range mode. The system can operate with a 90º field-of-view out to 500-metres range or a 60º field-of-view out to 1000-metres range.

Underwater vision

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On midnight on March 24, 1989 the United States suffered the second worst oil spill in U.S. History. That was when the Exxon Valdez hit ground while navigating through very shallow waters. In addition to the Exxon Valdez and more local oil spills and cruise ship groundings, there was an epidemic of Atlantic Right Whales and other marine mammals being hit and killed by vessels. It was obvious that a new generation of navigation tools was needed and in 2001, Rhode Island based company FarSounder was born.

Whitehouse sees potential of 3D sonar creating jobs, helping RI fishery

Warwick Beacon

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John I. Howell, Jr.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse wore an incredulous look.

He’s a sailor. He knows that a depth sounder lets you know how deep the water is and he knows how useless that information can be once you’ve hit a rock.

But last Wednesday, he was being shown a device that not only informs mariners what’s ahead under water, but what it might be.

Whitehouse was intrigued.