Next-generation USV to Launch at Ocean Business 2019

Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) has designed and built the next-generation Accession Class Unmanned Survey Vessel (USV) for use in nearshore and offshore hydrographic surveys. The device will launch at Ocean Business in April 2019. The unique modular design of the USV allows the vessel to increase its base design length of 3.5m to a maximum of 5m for additional payload equipment and/or power for extended endurance depending on operational requirements. James Williams, director at USS, said “We wanted to build a USV that was truly versatile, reliable and robust enough to withstand operating in offshore conditions while keeping it simple... (read more)
2019-03-14 01:58:45

Kongsberg Maritime Unveiled USV at Ocean Business 2019

Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled its new Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) during Ocean Business 2019 last week. The Sounder USV System is a versatile solution designed and built to provide the highest possible standard of data acquisition the company stated when demonstrating the new system in Southampton. Multipurpose Platform The Sounder USV System is a multipurpose platform designed to work across different market segments, including survey and fishery duties. It has been developed as a joint venture with Norsafe AS. The system has been configured from the keel upwards to deliver optimal hydroacoustic data quality, efficiency and productivity. Autonomous Control Operation... (read more)
2019-04-11 11:34:09

Chinese City Employs USV to Monitor Illegal Sewage Discharge

In order to detect any sudden outbreak of water pollution in the city’s main river, the government department of Zhengjia, a coastal city in China, introduced an unmanned surface vehicle to its water monitoring routine to detect and restrain all illegal sewage discharge from companies alongside the riverbank.  According to the government officer, conventional water quality monitoring has been well developed regarding LAD analysis, but the sampling frequency and sampling spot density has been too low. The disadvantages of spot location deviation and scattered data distribution also make it hard to present the growth of water pollution comprehensively and quickly.... (read more)
2019-08-22 10:36:51

USV to Map Lakes and River Sediment Movement in Norway

Swathe Services has announced that an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), designed and built by Unmanned Survey Solutions in Hayle, Cornwall, has been purchased by Trondheim University for research studies in Norway. The Inception Class Mark 2 USV is built by surveyors for surveyors. It’s designed for hydrographic surveys and data acquisition in ports and harbours, lakes and rivers, shallow coastal or enclosed inland areas. James Williams, managing director of Swathe Services said: “We are proud to have been selected to provide the Department of Civil Engineering with a complete Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder (MBES) system along with the USS Inception Mark II... (read more)
2018-07-10 01:25:49

Remotely Controlled USV Undertakes Survey Work for Wind Farm

In a first for the offshore wind sector, a vessel remotely controlled from shore took to the sea off Suffolk (UK) over the weekend to undertake survey work for Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm, a joint venture between SSE Renewables and innogy, a German energy company. The XO-450 Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), owned and operated by UK-based XOCEAN, carried out seabed surveys on seven of the turbines at the 140-turbine wind farm, located 23 kilometres off the UK coast. The unmanned vessel is around the size of an average car (4.5 metres) and half its weight (750kg) and can be... (read more)
2020-01-27 09:52:26

AutoNaut USV Maps North Sea Soundscape during Lockdown

AutoNaut has played a vital role in enabling the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) to seize upon the quiet of lockdown to map the underwater soundscape of the Belgian section of the North Sea. Using its near silent AutoNaut USV research vessel Adhemar, VLIZ has been able to record current noise levels, which it will compare with the marine soundscape once normal sea traffic and marine activities recommence. This will help to determine the impact of man-made noise on natural sea life and the marine environment, building a picture of the marine soundscape in conditions that may never again be possible. Following... (read more)
2020-07-13 09:28:43

Dead Sea Underwater Freshwater Springs Surveyed with USV

In November 2014, EvoLogics experts joined scientists from the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany, who led a two-week campaign north and south of the Darga river outlet on the Dead Sea coast in Israel. The divers investigated distribution and dimensions of the springs and sampled the spring water. The EvoLogics autonomous unmanned surface vehicle (USV) Sonobot was chosen to perform a bathymetric survey and seafloor mapping at the site. EvoLogics experts joined the campaign for a week to provide technical support and optimisation to ensure the USV, a light twin-hull catamaran craft, delivers best possible results in the mission’s... (read more)
2014-12-29 10:12:16

Elbit USV Teams Up with Klein for Minehunting Performance

Klein Marine Systems teamed with Elbit Systems to conduct structured mine countermeasure exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. The 5900 mine hunting side scan sonar, integrated onboard Elbit’s Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) successfully detected and classified all detectable moored and bottom Mine Like Objects (MLO’s) and did so in one-third the allotted time period for each exercise. During the trials which were conducted in various depth up to 85m, the 5900 sonar enabled MCM area survey at 8-9 knots with high performance and high area coverage rate. In addition to the controlled trial, the 5900 was operated by Seagull in... (read more)
2016-03-21 09:04:19

OceanAlpha Delivers Innovative USV Solution to Mining Industry

OceanAlpha’s autonomous bathymetric survey boat, the ME40 for hydrographic survey, has been applied in the mining industry for tailing dam surveys, in addition to its common application in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and oceans. All that is necessary is to set up the survey waypoints; the boat can then acquire online bathymetric data automatically based on GPS navigation. Water and tailing management is a key control process in mine management. Bathymetric surveys of tailing dams are important because the pond floor under the water is constantly changing and the water volume storage is therefore also changing. Local authorities may also require mining companies to... (read more)
2017-12-21 10:43:50

Kongsberg K-MATE Autonomy Controller for New USV-AUV Platform

K-MATE, an autonomous surface vehicle control system which is the latest marine robotics innovation from KONGSBERG, is to be integrated with SEA-KIT, a new class of maritime autonomous surface vessel being built by UK manufacturer, Hushcraft, and operated by SEA-KIT International. SEA-KIT can carry a deployable and retrievable payload of up to 2.5 tons. It is based on the AUV-USV concept, which could lead to more efficient, safer and cost-effective seafloor mapping operations, as well as providing a platform for numerous applications in a wide range of maritime sectors. The SEA-KIT vessel provides a next generation, long-range, long-endurance ocean capability.... (read more)
2017-08-10 11:15:43
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