Saildrone USVs Awarded Approval in Principle by ABS

Approval in Principle (AIP), an important first step to full classification of a new maritime vehicle, was awarded to the Saildrone Voyager and Surveyor By Caroline Rees / 08 Jun 2023
Saildrone USVs Awarded Approval in Principle by ABS
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Saildrone has received Approval in Principle (AIP) certificates from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for both the Voyager and Surveyor ocean data collection platforms.

This represents the first AIP for a 10-meter commercial Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV), the Saildrone Voyager. 

Primarily powered by wind and solar energy, Saildrone’s Voyager and Surveyor USVs are an environmentally friendly, cost-efficient solution for persistent data collection above and below the sea surface. The AIP is an important step to full classification for Saildrone’s new maritime vehicles.

“Saildrone is proud to be the first to receive an AIP certificate for a 10-meter uncrewed vehicle from an internationally respected maritime classification agency,” said Saildrone founder and CEO Richard Jenkins. “Saildrone technology is one of the most mature solutions available, and yet international regulations around uncrewed maritime systems are only in their infancy. Therefore, it is essential that Saildrone be proactive in working with the American Bureau of Shipping to lead the industry, on and off the water.”

AIP is a formal review process that evaluates the design concept of a new technology, product, or system against ABS rules and applicable regulations as an important first step to full classification. 

“ABS is leading the industry in supporting autonomous projects and assisting innovative companies like Saildrone,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “ABS understands that autonomous technologies are not stand-alone products but fully integrated with vehicle infrastructure and the result of numerous advancements in a wide variety of mechanisms including sensors, imaging, connectivity, machine learning, and more.”

Saildrone has already begun to scale production of its Voyager and Surveyor USVs to meet increasing demand for uncrewed ocean data collection. The company has partnered with Janicki Industries and Seemann Composites to build the Voyager wings and hulls and Austal USA to build Surveyor hulls. Surveyor wings will continue to be built at Saildrone’s headquarters in Alameda, CA.

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact