Najmeh MasoudiNajmeh is an enthusiastic cybernetics engineer with different roles in technical, commercial, and strategy. With her 15 years of experience in the automobile, marine and offshore industries she makes a bridge to transfer cross-industry knowledge and provide timely guidance about autonomous mobility. She was previously leading the smart ship program in Bureau Veritas, and R&D director at Seafar.
A summary of the operations conducted by USV Maxlimer following the volcano eruption off Tonga in 2022
Following the eruption of the volcano off Tonga in early 2022, the Sea-Kit International autonomous vessel (USV) Maxlimer was selected to deploy to provide an unmanned capability in the region. This was named Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping project (TESMaP). Phase 1 (April/May 2022) saw NIWA scientists from New Zealand survey the ocean around the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai (HT–HH) volcano, covering thousands of square kilometres and collecting video images of the eruption’s impact from the research vessel Tangaroa. Phase 2 (July/August 2022) utilised SEA-KIT's Maxlimer to conduct a month of further mapping inside the caldera. This presentation will provide details of phase 2, which was the reactive autonomous operation mounted and controlled from the UK.