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

SeaRobotics Corporation

Small affordable USVs for hydrographic data gathering
SeaRobotics Corporation was formed in 1999 to commercialise technology developed by the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR). After working with Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technology and developing numerous communication systems utilising ad hoc networking for the transportation community, SeaRobotics continued its quest to develop autonomous systems for the hydrographic and oceanographic survey community. Extensive experience developing AUVs, ROVs and oceanographic instruments has led to the development of a growing family of Autonomous and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and other marine robotic products in Florida, USA. During the last few years, significant interest in autonomous and unmanned vehicles has... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Unmanned Surface Vehicle Trends and Insights

A Geomares Data Analysis
Advances in unmanned surface vehicle (USV) technology and increased demand are expected to drive the USV market over the coming years. Geomares, the publisher of Hydro International and Geo-matching, has analysed the user data and behaviour of thousands of members of the global hydrographic community. This article presents the findings of the analysis, identifying the latest trends and sharing insights on the outlook for USVs. USVs combine the advantages of small survey vessels with those of unmanned survey platforms, giving them a range of applications varying from maritime security, protection of shallow waters and ports and ocean mapping [1]. Interesting applications... (read more)
2018-12-11 03:03:36

Unmanned Technology Unveils the Mystery of Antarctica

USV Fills Data Gap for Polar Expedition
Not long ago, China’s fifth Antarctic scientific research station – the Ross Sea Station – officially laid its foundation stone on Inexpressible Island (74°54’S 163°39’E). While preparation and research already began a few years ago, the construction work will take another four years to fully complete. In November 2017, four unmanned surface vessels (USVs) from Oceanalpha Co., Ltd teamed up with the Antarctica expedition ship ‘Snow Dragon’ all the way south to the Ross Sea to assist the construction project. The USVs worked for nearly 40 hours, completing a multibeam full-cover seabed topographic survey of five square kilometres. This not... (read more)
2018-09-18 01:10:42

Inspector MK2 Links Unmanned Systems

ECA Group has extended the capabilities of its unmanned surface vehicle (USV) Inspector MK2 to provide faster data transfer and docking linked to other unmanned systems such as USVs, ROVs and AUVs. Premium equipment has been selected and tested in real user conditions to complete and qualify ECA Group's radio communication solutions for its USV range. Featuring this new capability, the unmanned surface vehicle Inspector can be used as an intelligent docking system for underwater drones systems such as AUVs or ROVs, allowing them to be automatically deployed and recovered: it enables recharging and data download, as well as fast transits.... (read more)
2017-08-29 04:04:25
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