ASV Global secures multiple USV orderVessel & ROV News // August 12, 2016
ASV Global, a manufacturer of unmanned and autonomous surface vehicles, is to design and build six Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) for SeaTrepid DeepSea.
The vehicles will be used in a multiple autonomous vehicle programme developed by SeaTrepid DeepSea combining USVs and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to conduct wide area, high-resolution surveys.
Derivatives of the established ‘C-Worker’ range of ASV Global platforms, the new bespoke ‘SeaWorkers’ will each be fitted with an acoustic underwater positioning system to track the AUVs throughout shallow and ultradeep waters.
"Using USVs to track the AUVs brings a step change in operational efficiencies with significant cost savings compared to using a traditional ship," claims ASV Global.
Dan Hook, Managing Director of ASV Global said: “We are delighted to be supplying six new USVs into this groundbreaking project. The SeaWorkers have been designed specifically as a ruggedized workboat, capable of carrying large payloads and handling varying weather conditions and water depths. The ASView Control System will allow for the reliable and safe operation of the six vehicles."
The 7.6m long SeaWorkers are being built at ASV Global’s production facility in Portchester, UK before undergoing sea trials and being shipped to SeaTrepid’s base in Louisiana.