The Deputy Director of the Public Body Central Nautical Management, who is also the Deputy State Harbour Master, announces the following:
An unmanned surface vehicle (USV) will be tested in the Outer Harbour of IJmuiden in the period from 8 to 12 July 2019. The tests are carried out to see if a USV fitted out with cameras can be used for taking draught readings of ships bound for the locks, and for salinity measurements of the surface water.
This unmanned surface vehicle (USV) is a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) with an orange colour and has a length of 8.45m and a beam of 2.50m. The USV (the RIB) is fitted out with the required navigation lights, an orange flashing light, and a radar reflector. The USV's operational area lies between Zuiderbuitentoeleidingskanaal and separation buoy NK-1/ZK-2.
The USV is remotely operated from shore, but there is also a crew on board in case of emergency. Both the USV and the USV Operator maintain a continuous listening watch on the VHF sector channels 61 and 22.
Should you have any questions about this Announcement, please contact the Duty Operations Manager at the following telephone number: +31 205 234 692.
The Deputy Director of the Public Body Central Nautical Management,
who is also the Deputy State Harbour Master