ASV has completed the construction of four C-Worker 5 vehicles. These state-of-the-art Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) will be added to ASV’s global lease pool in the second quarter of 2016. While the C-Worker 5 can accommodate a variety of client payloads and applications, it was specifically designed as a hydrographic survey force multiplier.
The C-Worker 5 is five metres in length and can operate at 7 knots for 5 days before refuelling. This speed/range combination maximises acquisition effectiveness while minimizing launch and recovery operations. As a force multiplier, it can operate concurrently alongside traditional survey vessels, dramatically increasing survey efficiency.
The C-Worker 5 uses a direct drive marine diesel propulsion system operated via ASV’s proven ASView™ control system. The C-Worker 5 integrates quickly and easily with a wide variety of payloads including hull mounted and towed sensors. The ASView™ control system enables line plans from a variety of data acquisition systems to be uploaded for efficient data collection.
Thomas Chance, ASV’s Chairman stated, “The C-Worker 5 is an exciting new ASV that will dramatically help our clients’ bottom line. The new vehicle also complements ASV’s C-Worker 6 and C-Worker 7 product line which can accommodate larger payloads.”
The C-Worker 5 will be unveiled publicly for the first time at Oceanology International, London, 15th – 17th March 2016. Visit ASV at stand G401.
ASV is a world leader in autonomous marine technology. The company designs, builds and operates ASVs on a global basis. Products are available for lease and purchase alongside comprehensive support and training packages. In just five years, ASV has produced more than 75 vehicles and developed more than 30 different payload packages. The company has also converted numerous existing vessels to operate autonomously. With offices in the UK and US, ASV’s 70 employees support commercial, scientific, and military clients across the globe.