Survey Launch Bintang


S/L Bintang

The vessels properties

Norkyst uses an 8.5 m long aluminum boat to perform detailed hydrographic/geophysical surveys along the coast and in shallow and narrow waters. Bintang has MCA CAT-3 classification for safe operation up to 20 nautical miles from the coast.

Call sign: LF 6055
MMSI No.: 257 927 700

The boat is equipped with a Volvo D4 225 HP engine which gives a cruising speed of approx. 18 knots. LOA 8.5 m, BOA 2.9 m, draft ≈ 0.7 m, transport height 3.07 m, weight ≈ 5 tonnes.

Quick mobilisation

The boat's base is in Stavanger, and can be mobilised on short notice.

Bintang can be easily transported with regular semi-trailer or ship to other areas. All sensors and systems for seabed mapping are permanently installed and regularly calibrated. The boat is ready for work upon arrival at the assignment area.

Permanently installed survey equipment

Multibeam hydrographic survey

Bintang is equipped with a Kongsberg EM2040 multi-beam echo sounder that covers depths from 0.5 - 400-500 m in seawater. Total depth accuracy is 5-10 cm on the seabed depending on depth.

Precise positioning

Bintang is equipped with a Kongsberg Seapath 330 RTK GNSS system that uses GPS and GLONASS satellites. The system receives correction data from the Norwegian Mapping Authority's CPOS service which provides cm accuracy.

Detachable equipment

Bow pole

Bintang has a detachable bow pole that is suitable for mounting additional equipment such as e.g. bottom-penetrating sonar (sub-bottom profiler) and side-searching sonar.


Bintang has a detachable A-frame which is suitable for towing instruments and handling sampling equipment etc.

Permanently installed safety equipment

  • 'SOLAS Inflatable Liferaft', 6 people
  • Emergency beacon, EPIRB, 'Jotron Automatic Emergency Beacon Tron 60GPS'
  • Survival suits, 4 off 'Viking Onesize Solas 5002 Immersion-Rescue'
  • Throw line 23 m
  • Fire extinguishers, 2 off 2 Kg CO2
  • First aid kits, 2 off
  • Emergency flares
  • AIS
  • 4G radar