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Thales, ASV Develop Unmanned Minewarfare Vehicle

re-configurable Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV).

Thales UK has signed a contract with Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd (ASV Ltd) to develop a re-configurable Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) to meet the challenges of future off-board Mine Countermeasures (MCM) operations. The vessel has been jointly designed to meet a number of key requirements and drivers: Deployable from military platforms, craft of opportunity and from shore/harbour Air transportable Payload flexibility for all MCM systems – unmanned underwater vehicles, towed sonar, disposal systems, minesweeping Stable platform with excellent slow speed and towing capabilities Highly reliable & cost effective   The low signature USV, which is 11.5m in length and 3.6m in beam, will have a maximum speed of around 25 knots. The vehicle is now under construction and will be undergoing acceptance trials later this year. A series of payload trials will be conducted from early 2013 onwards, drawing on experience gained in previous off-board system programmes.   ASV Ltd is a UK company and part of Global Fusion, a privately owned international marine services group. Formed in 1998, ASV Ltd provides rugged, reliable and effective unmanned systems using cutting edge marine technology from its operating base near Portsmouth.   Dan Hook, Managing Director at ASV, in welcoming this contract says: “We are pleased to be developing such an advanced capability with Thales UK and are confident in the system’s performance for the wide range of


Robot Vehicles Embark on Fish Tracking Mission

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Three marine robot vehicles have been launched from Plymouth today to undertake a fish tracking mission in and around new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Scientists from the Marine Biological Association (MBA) and engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are working together on this pioneering project to study how fish use these areas on a day-to-day basis. Using acoustic pingers, plaice, sole, brill and rays are being tracked at sea by the ocean robots programmed to patrol a


ROBOBOATS: Autonomous Boats Aid Maritime Security

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The theme of the 4th International RoboBoat Competition, sponsored by The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Foundation and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), was “The Four Elements.” Teams of students designed and built autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) that faced challenges involving earth, air, fire and water. The competition was held at The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, VA, June 8-12


NATO Center Tests Wave Glider in ASW Exercise

An energy-efficient robotic vehicle debuts as a communications gateway of an experimental network developed by CMRE within the Proud Manta ‘13 framework. The Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Exercise Proud Manta ‘13 (POMA ‘13), which includes participating ships and aircraft from ten NATO nations, will be held from 23 February to 6 March off the coast of Sicily. As in 2012, the 2013 POMA includes again major scientific tests during the exercise: scientists from the NATO Center


Unmanned Surface Vessels: From Concept to Service

BAE Systems Unmanned RHIB with ASV Technology. (Credit: BAE Systems)

Over the next decade the maritime sector is likely to see one of the largest changes since sail gave way to steam. Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV) are now being considered for various marine roles and the drivers for rapid development are significant.   Unmanned or autonomous vessels have passed through the trial and evaluation stage and are now being adopted for civilian and military applications. The maritime sector now has the opportunity to shape technology developments from


ENSTA Bretagne wins SAUC-Europe ‘16 at CMRE

ENSTA Bretagne Team  Photo CMRE

Team ENSTA Bretagne from France won the 11th edition SAUC-E competition, the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge - Europe.  The 2nd prize went to the Tom Kyle team, from the University of Applied Sciences of Kiel (Germany). The UNIFI team with the robot Marta from the University of Florence was awarded the 3rd prize. The other prizes were awarded to: the AUGA team, from the University of Vigo with ACSM, that won the “Collaborator Award”; the ROBOTUIC team


Deep-Sea Robot Lost at Sea

Photo courtesy Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A deep-sea exploration robot — one of the first successful submersible vehicles that was both unmanned and untethered to surface ships — was lost at sea Friday, March 5, on a research expedition off the coast of Chile. The 15-year-old Autonomous Benthic Explorer, affectionately nicknamed ABE, was launched late on the night of Thursday, March 4, and had reached the seafloor to begin its 222nd research dive when, in the early hours of Friday morning


Swedish Navy Receives AUV's

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During November and December 2011 the Swedish Navy received the last two of four state of-the-art AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) from the Danish company EIVA a/s. The AUVs are equipped with advanced sensors in the form of sonars and underwater cameras and they are designed to operate autonomously underwater following a mission route planned ahead. There is a multitude of purposes for which the AUVs can be used


ATLAS North America SeaFox

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The SeaFox mine neutralization system, delivered by ATLAS North America (ATLAS NA), a subsidiary of the German-based ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, once again proved its effectiveness in performing unmanned mine countermeasure missions, when participating in Trident Warrior 2012 U.S. Navy Fleet Experiment, July 9-20.   During the Fleet Experiment, Textron/AAI used its Fleet Class Common Unmanned Surface Vessel (CUSV) with a L-3 Klein 5000 V2 Side Scan Sonar to investigate a suspected minefield


General Dynamics AUV Detects Threats to Ship Hulls

HAUV is a two-man-portable hovering AUV designed for ship hull inspection. Photo GD

General Dynamics Mission Systems featured the Bluefin Robotics hovering-autonomous underwater vehicle (H-AUV) at OCEANS 2016 in Monterey, California. The Bluefin Robotics H-AUV locates, identifies and maps structural issues on a ship’s hull including large ocean going cargo ships, petroleum and chemical tankers, cruise ships and military surface and sub-surface vessels without dry-docking the ship. “Inspecting ship hulls and other underwater surfaces can be a manpower- and


AUSINDEX Strengthens Ties Between Aus, Indian Navies

HMAS Newcastle conduct officer of the watch manoeuvres with Indian Navy Ship INS Kamorta off the West Australian Exercise Areas (WAXA) as part of AUSINDEX. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Newcastle’s capabilities proved invaluable during a complex warfare scenario involving Indian Navy Ships Shivalik and Kamorta during the Australia-India Exercise (AUSINDEX) held off the Western Australian coast.    The ships headed out to sea, after a short harbour phase


MacGregor, ESL Shipping Pact on Autonomous Crane

Pic: Cargotec

 MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and ESL Shipping Oy, part of Aspo Plc, have agreed to jointly develop and test an autonomous discharging feature on MacGregor bulk handling cranes. It is designed to offer safety and efficiency advances.   


US Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Billings

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 The Navy has christened its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Billings (LCS 15),  in Marinette, Wisconsin.   The future USS Billings honors the largest city in Montana. It will be the first ship of its name in naval service.  


UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

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The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year.   BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K


Wilhelmsen Drone Project Takes Off

Photo: Wilhelmsen Ships Service

 Marking a seismic shift in just how ships agents can support their customers, Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) will soon be delivering its agency essentials via drone.   A much talked about technology, with obvious applications for the shipping industry


MOL Introduces Autonomous Ocean Transport System

Image: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that its joint project with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. on developing a technological concept for autonomous ocean transport system, was selected by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure


DNV GL Green Engineering Award

The DNV GL Young Professionals Award ceremony in Oslo: Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime, Matilde Andersen, Technical University of Denmark (winner in the category “Safer”), Heinrich Grümmer, TU Berlin (winner in the category “Smarter”), and Susanna Valenti, University of Genoa (winner in the category “Greener”). Photo: DNV GL

 DNV GL has honoured three engineers for their scientific research with the DNV GL Award for Young Professionals.   Presented by DNV GL – Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, the award is designed to find innovative ideas for increasing safety


Cyber SAFE Ship Delivered

Trammo Dietlin. Photo by Lloyds Register

 The first ships to be classed with Lloyd’s Register’s cyber notations have been delivered to Global United in Korea.    Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries, in collaboration with Alpha Ori Technology, the ships have been awarded the notation Cyber (AL-SAFE) certifying


USV Deployed for 22 Days in South China Sea

Vigilant Class IUSV at sea during 22 day deployment (Photo: Zycraft)

A Singapore based designer and manufacturer of unmanned surface vessels (USVs) said one of its vehicles was recently deployed for more than three weeks in the South China Sea.   The 22-day continuous deployment marks the longest ever for Zycraft’s wholly developed Vigilant class


Submersible, Magnetic Robot Performs Hull Inspections

Photo: Deep Trekker

Canadian company Deep Trekker has launched a new inspection vehicle at Nor-Shipping 2017: the Deep Trekker DT640 Utility Crawler, the first three-wheeled vehicle of its kind.   Equipped with an HD camera, magnetic wheels and a multitude of application specific add-ons


Fugro’s Newest Survey Vessel Goes to Work

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 Fugro Venturer, the newest of Fugro’s purpose-designed, standardized survey vessels, has departed on her maiden voyage that takes her to the deep waters of Ireland’s Atlantic margin and the far North of the Barents Sea.  


Autonomous Ships on IMO Agenda

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Now, the International Maritime Organization (IMO)  Maritime Safety Committee will start to establish a new international legal framework for the safe operation of autonomous ships, says a statement from Danish Maritime Authority. 


Apilot Autopilot: New Nav Tech for Autonomous Ships

Ship simulator. (Image: VTT Technical Research Center of Finland)

VTT Technical Research Center of Finland said it is developing steering for the remote-monitored and controlled autonomous ships of the future. The new technology has been developed for navigation systems and ship autopilots, which steer ships automatically.


Autonomous Workboats: The Future is Now

(Credit: Sea Machines)

Sea Machines is bringing autonomous self-driving systems to the world of workboats. At an impressive virtual reality demonstration seen late last year and then again at a frigid, late winter visit to the Boston waterfront, the future of workboat technology became all too evident for this writer


Rolls-Royce, Svitzer Trial Remote Controlled Tug Operations

Svitzer Hermod (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

 Earlier this year in Copenhagen Harbor, the 28-meter-long tug Svitzer Hermod berthed alongside the quay, undocked, turned 360 degrees and sailed back to Svitzer headquarters before docking again, all under remote operation while the captain was stationed quayside at the vessel’s remote






 
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