SEA-KIT has unveiled a new unmanned surface vessel (USV) that has been specifically designed as a support vessel for superyachts. The 36m SEA-KIT Sigma is based on USV technology that has previously been used to win the 2019 Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize as well as to complete the first uncrewed crossing of the North Sea.
The unmanned nature of the vessel allows it to be smaller than a conventional vessel, thus using much less fuel and requiring less berthing space in ports and marinas, significantly reducing environmental impact and infrastructure requirements. The design also features a hybrid power system that further reduces energy consumption and costs.
The vessel is controlled remotely using SEA-KIT’s proven G-SAVI (Global Situational Awareness Via Internet) system, and can be held on-station close to the superyacht using dynamic positioning without the need for anchoring. The USV control room can be shore-based or located onboard the superyacht.
Superyacht tenders and toys can be transported and operated from the Sigma, freeing up space on the yacht and allowing it to maintain aesthetic form. Although no crew are required on the USV, accommodation can be provided for up to four superyacht support staff. The Sigma USV’s flexible, modular design allows it to be rapidly reconfigured to accommodate a wide variety of user requirements, including the latest recreational vessels, vehicles and equipment.