NORBIT Subsea specialises in ultra-compact wideband multibeam sonars for subsea and surface platforms.

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Port and Harbour Multibeam Survey

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Client Brief

In early 2020, Foyle Ports entered procurement phases to commission a multibeam survey system for their new survey vessel ‘Foyle Surveyor’ along with installation, and long term training support.

Delivered Scope of Supply:

Location: Foyle Port

Foyle Port is the key marine gateway to the North West of Ireland for both commerce and tourism. The Port handles approximately two million tonnes of cargo per annum and offers a diverse range of services including towage, dredging, engineering and steel fabrication. Supporting in the region of 1000 jobs, the Port makes a vital contribution to the North West regional economy.

Photo extracted from July 2020

Both Vikings and Normans used the Foyle. The Vikings sailed inland as far as Dunalong, while the Normans established a stronghold at Greencastle and controlled Derry. In 1664 King Charles II granted a Charter to Londonderry Corporation giving it responsibility for the Port. Over the next 200 years shipping increased greatly with exports of linen and provisions, as well as emigration. In 1771 the city’s merchants owned 67 ships with a total tonnage of 11,000 tonnes. In 1854 the Londonderry Port & Harbour Commissioners were established to take control of the port and the waters of the Foyle, thus began strategic development of the Port. Livestock was an important element of the shipping trade from Derry. In 1884 over 57,000 cattle almost 15,000 sheep and more than 19,000 pigs were exported. During the Second World War Londonderry became the most important escort base in the UK. In mid-1940, convoys were routed through the North-West Approaches around Ireland’s north coast.

Kough Foyrle Navigational Chart from 1853 and modern day equivalent.

System Supplied: NORBIT iWBMS

  • Frequency agile 200kHz to 700kHz
  • 0.5deg x 0.5deg beam resolution at 700kHz
  • 210deg swath width (single head) as standard
  • 512 Bottom Detections per ping with multidetection, theoretical max 1536 detections
  • Bathymetry; various backscatter and water column data as standard deliverables
  • S7k datagram
  • Built in NTRIP Client


On the Vessel

Data Quality from the NORBIT iWBMS

Quay Wall Engineering Inspection and Safety og Navigation Data


Produced with thanks to all the staff at Foyle Port