Armada of robots to survey the seas

by James Bernthal-Hooker in Vessels 04/02/2020 Ocean Infinity

Ocean Infinity has launched a new marine technology and data company, Armada, providing the offshore industry with a fleet of 15 unmanned surface vessels. Currently under construction, the fleet could be delivered by the end of the year.

Each unmanned surface robot will serve multiple offshore industries, including offshore wind surveys, being able to operate in depths up to 6,000 metres. These robots will be able to remotely deploy a range of
sensors as well as AUVs and ROVs for visual and acoustic data acquisition.

The vessels will not require human operators on board and have no need for a host vessel nearby. They will be controlled, Ocean Infinity suggests, by mariners via satellite communications from onshore facilities in Austin, Texas and Southampton, Great Britain. As well as requiring less manual labour to operate, the fleet approach produces up to 90% less CO2, according to Ocean Infinity, than conventional survey vessels.


Ocean Infinity’s CEO, Oliver Plunkett, said: “We’ve been driven to innovate by a desire to further reduce our impact on the environment and the time people spend at sea. We have built an outstanding team who boast world leading expertise to take this next stage of our business forward for the benefit of our clients and all those who work with us. The launch of Armada re-confirms Ocean Infinity as the leading marine robotics and ocean data company in the world. ”


Dan Hook, Managing Director for Armada, said: “We are very excited to be launching Armada, which perfectly complements the other service offerings in the Ocean Infinity Group. The pioneering technology makes our operations world leading in terms of environmental sustainability and safety, whilst still achieving the very highest levels of data quality and value for our clients.  With no requirement for a host vessel, we are breaking new ground in the area of sub-sea technology and data.  We look forward to providing our existing and new clients with a best in class solution that will be revolutionary for the industry.”


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