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

SEA-KIT USV Completes 22 Days of Offshore Operations in the Atlantic Ocean

SEA-KIT’s 12m Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) Maxlimer returned to Plymouth on Friday after 22 days of remote survey operations on Europe’s continental margin. Since late July, the USV has mapped over 1,000sq km of ocean floor, controlled around the clock by SEA-KIT via satellite communications from its Remote Operation Centre in Essex. Notably, the uncrewed vessel returned to Plymouth with its fuel tank still around a third full. The successful completion of this project is a major achievement for the British SME, clearly demonstrating the capabilities of their remotely-controlled USV design in terms of over-the-horizon operation, endurance and ocean-going ability.... (read more)
2020-08-20 02:03:56

ASV Global C-Cat 3 USV Delivered to University of Southampton

ASV Global has delivered a 3m autonomous catamaran to the University of Southampton, UK. This vessel is the first of the C-Cat vessels to roll off the production line. The vessel will be used by the university for scientific research and development of autonomous behaviours. The investment was funded by an EPSRC RAS Capital Award. Dr Jon Downes from the University of Southampton’s Maritime Robotics Laboratory said, “We are very excited to have our own autonomous vessel which will enable us to undertake autonomy research and development. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with ASV – they worked closely with us... (read more)
2017-11-03 12:41:20

USVs Cause Lively Discussion at China-Israel Summit

Unmanned surface vessel (USV) technology brought hot discussion at the 4th edition of the China-Israel Innovation & Investment Summit, which was held in Zhuhai, China, between 2-4 July 2018. Yunfei Zhang, the founder of Oceanalpha, was invited as one of the top technical experts to give a speech. He stated that surface robots, represented by USVs, will subvert the traditional operation in the marine field, while the core of unmanned boats is AI technology. This speech matched the trend as both Israel and China are actively developing USV technology. Israel has always been known for its prosperous technology industry and... (read more)
2018-07-10 02:14:19

Seafarers Can Now Change Their Course

Job Opportunities for those with Marine Backgrounds
Do you have a marine background and are you looking for a new job? Being a USV pilot could be the next step in your career, James Ives, CEO of XOCEAN explains. Do you have a marine background and are you looking for a new job? Being a USV pilot could be the next step in your career, James Ives, CEO of XOCEAN explains. His company currently has openings for USV Pilot & Surveyor positions as well as Software Engineers and plans to recruit an additional 60 employees in the next year to meet increasing market demand. As an extensive buyer of ocean data in his previous role as CEO of a marine engineering business, founder James Ives saw a need to transform the way in which ocean data was captured. As... (read more)
2019-10-03 03:41:16

USVs Developing into Versatile Tools

Extending the Boundaries of Hydrographic Surveying
Unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) are gaining terrain in hydrographic surveying. They combine the advantages of small survey vessels with those of unmanned survey platforms, giving them a range of applications that is likely to expand even more. They enable hydrographic surveys in a greater number of areas, both inland and offshore. Due to the size of some USVs, they can access waters that are either too shallow for a regular survey vessel or difficult – even dangerous – to access to allow mobilisation of a manned survey vessel. This makes them the survey platform of choice for inshore and coastal areas like... (read more)
2017-12-21 10:31:09

New Marine Robotics Technical Centre Creates 60 Jobs

Ocean data collection company XOCEAN has recently announced the creation of 60 new jobs at the official opening of its new Technical Centre near Carlingford (Ireland). XOCEAN is transforming the way ocean data is collected using innovative marine robotics known as unmanned surface vessels (USVs). This innovative technology is designed and manufactured by the company in the Republic of Ireland. Control Room to Operate USV Fleet Using USVs, XOCEAN provides turnkey ocean data collection services ranging from mapping the seabed to inspecting subsea structures to monitoring the environment. The new Technical Centre and 24-hour Control Room will act as a... (read more)
2019-05-10 12:25:04

USVs Conduct Underwater Topographic Survey in the Antarctic

In November 2017, China’s 34th Antarctic scientific expedition was officially launched. Two Oceanalpha M80 submarine exploration unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and two SE40 hydrographic USVs accompanied the polar scientific research ship ‘Snow Dragon’ all the way south to Inexpressible Island on the west bank of the Ross Sea to assist in the construction of China's fifth Antarctic research station. Since the Ross Sea area had never been explored before, there was insufficient geographical data, making it difficult to find the ideal anchorage for the Snow Dragon. The USVs contributed to solving that problem by collecting bathymetric and topographic data. On 24... (read more)
2018-08-07 08:31:58

SeaRobotics Delivers Two USVs to the Canadian Hydrographic Service

SeaRobotics recently announced the delivery of two additional 2.5m autonomous unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), a part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, bringing the fleet to four systems. These USVs, built by SeaRobotics, are complete hydrographic systems including multibeam echosounders, support sensors, cast winches, deployment carts and road trailers. The SeaRobotics USVs are being deployed across Canada supported by regional training performed by SeaRobotics. CHS has completed the first year of operation and the analysis of the efficiency and cost effectiveness of USV usage. A profile of high-productivity, cost-reducing activities is being developed for both... (read more)
2018-06-26 10:37:07
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