Autonomous Navigation System Selected for New Low-Emission USV

USV AS chooses Maritime Robotics Autonomous Navigation System for its first USV, a 24 meter long vessel for subsea work, to enable uncrewed navigation By Joe Macey / 31 Jul 2023
USV AS first uncrewed surface vessel (USV) integrated with Maritime Robotics Autonomous Navigation System
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Maritime Robotics is to deliver and integrate the Autonomous Navigation System for the first Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) from USV AS.

USV AS, a joint venture company, owned by DeepOcean, Solstad Offshore ASA, and Østensjø Rederi recently revealed the build of their first USV, a 24 meter long vessel capable of handling various kinds of subsea work.

The vessel will be controlled from an onshore control center and has the capacity of operating offshore for up to 30 days at a time without refueling.

The USV will be integrated with a work-class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), and the newly developed launch and recovery system will allow the ROV to be operated from relatively small vessels, like the USV.

This integration defines the USVs primary task as an offshore intervention and inspection vessel and both the USV and ROV will be controlled from the same remote operating center.

“After working on this project for several years it is with great pleasure that we can now look forward to the fulfilment of this pioneering project. We are grateful for the bold steps that the JV is taking towards deep-sea uncrewed inspection and intervention and acknowledge that this is one of the first examples of one of Maritime Robotics visions of uncrewed robots helping other uncrewed robots to achieve a greater coordinated task. This is a brilliant example of how Maritime Robotics can collaborate with our customers to find more efficient ways to work and to enable more sustainable operations in the Ocean Space,” said Maritime Robotics CEO, Vegard Evjen Hovstein.

The USV will hold many features to ensure safety and integrity of the planned operations. This innovative technology will reduce costs, Co2 emissions, and crew risk exposure. The captain will remain in full control of the vessel from the onshore remote operations center. 

Astilleros Gondán has been contracted to build the USV on behalf of USV AS. Delivery of the USV is expected by the end of 2024. The joint venture is planning for the USV to be ready for operations in 2025, following offshore testing.

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