In The Press

UT3 Issue One 2019 – Mention in Article

February 2019 

“Compared with offshore, manned vessels, MAS potentially offer safer, more flexible, reliable and cost-effective support to offshore operations. Indeed, we could easily envisage a fleet of unmanned systems serving an entire field of region.” Peter Collinson for UT3.

Read the whole magazine here.

Marine News – L3 ASV cover and feature

October 2018 

“The dirty little secret of the unmanned boat business is that it is not completely unmanned. We have talked about reduced manning, we have talked about bridge aids on unmanned vessels, and we have talked about manning unmanned ships as they come in and out of port. There is also the maintenance of the vessels once in port.” – Thomas Chance.

Read the whole magazine here.

Defense contractors race to build self-driving submarines that can clear sea mines

5 October 2018

Over the past two decades unmanned aerial drones have transformed how the U.S. Air Force wages war, allowing it to surveil hostile territory and neutralize enemy targets without putting the lives of pilots at risk. […]

L3’s acquisition of ASV is an early step for the company in building production lines for unmanned systems. The company says it has more than 100 unmanned surface vehicles deployed around the world with various military and commercial buyers.

To read the full article, click here.

L3 Strengthens Unmanned Maritime Capabilities With Acquisition of ASV Global

24 September 2018

L3 Technologies announced today that it acquired ASV Global, LLC, a leading unmanned surface vessel (USV) and autonomous vessel control systems company on September 20. This acquisition strategically enhances L3’s full spectrum of unmanned maritime capabilities, including integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solutions, future surface combatant unmanned off-board sensors, and integrated unmanned surface and undersea vessel (USV/UUV) operations. The new company will be known as L3 ASV.

To read the full press release, click here.

Engineering Autonomous Collision Avoidance

6 September 2018

Partially funded by Innovate UK, Britain’s innovation agency, the Synthetic Imagery Training for Machine Vision in Extreme Environments project (SIMVEE), will enhance situational awareness to enable autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) to operate in extreme and congested environments.

The project team will use deep learning machine vision systems, trained with a unique combination of simulated and real-world data, and will build on ASV Global’s existing anti-collision regulations-cognisant autonomous collision avoidance and path planning capability. BMT’s REMBRANDT ship maneuvering simulator will both train and validate ASV Global’s vision algorithms to detect and classify objects at sea.

Read the full article at NauticExpo e-Magazine.

Flip of a Switch: From Manned to Unmanned

August 2018, Issue IV/2018

The market for autonomous naval systems grew rapidly in recent years. While much of the focus was on unmanned surface vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles, a number of companies are also seeing traction with systems that allow users to turn manned vessels into unmanned platforms.

To read the full feature click here.

Marine News ‘MN100’ – ASV Global

August 2018

ASV Global were featured in Marine News ‘MN100’ 2018 edition.

Marine News is the premier magazine for the North American inland, coastal and offshore workboat markets. MN100 lists the top 100 market leading companies in the field.

To read the full feature click here.

ASV Global and TerraSond Complete 5,639km Unmanned Survey

22 August 2018

ASV Global and TerraSond announces the successful completion of a 5,639km unmanned hydrographic survey for charting off the coast of Alaska.

The 10,649km survey was carried out by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 unmanned vessel alongside the Q105 survey ship acting as the mother vessel. Fitted with a multibeam echosounder, the C-Worker 5 carried out 53% of the survey.

This operation marks ASV Global and TerraSond’s fourth unmanned charting survey for NOAA in as many years. The total unmanned survey lines completed now stands at almost 15,000km.

To read the full article click here.

ASV Global feature in Marine Technology Reporter’s ‘MTR100’

July 2018 issue

MTR continue to support ASV Global by featuring us in their ‘MTR100’ 2018, for the 7th year running.

The MTR100 is an annual publication listing the top 100 leading subsea companies.

To read the full feature click here.

Consortium Develops Symbotic Autonomy for Deep Water Survey

25 July 2018

ASV Global (ASV), in partnership with Sonardyne International Ltd., the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and SeeByte, have successfully delivered a long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous survey solution.

A recent two-week trial in Scotland’s Loch Ness was the culmination of the three-year ‘Autonomous Surface and Sub-Surface Survey System’ collaborative project, part-funded by Innovate UK and Dstl.

To read the full article click here.

Metal Shark and ASV Global Introduce Sharktech Autonomous Vessels

13 July 2018

Louisiana, USA-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has joined forces with autonomous vessel technology developer ASV Global to introduce “Sharktech” Autonomous Vessels.

Metal Shark is now offering Sharktech autonomous technology on its entire portfolio of vessels, which range from 16’ to over 300’ in aluminum, steel, and composite. Sharktech autonomous vessels may be custom configured for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and the full spectrum of applicable commercial markets.

To read the full article click here.

Spill Prevention & Response: Old Lessons, New Challenges

13 June 2018

Emerging spill response trends fit into two big categories: technology and a combination of economic and social forces. Both will shape what comes next.

Florida’s stunning Tampa Bay stands out as exactly the kind of place where you have to think about hazardous materials emergencies. It was 25 years ago, on August 10, 1993, that a freighter collided with two barges near the entrance of Tampa Bay, causing a fire and spilling over 32,000 gallons of jet fuel, diesel, and gasoline and about 330,000 gallons of heavy fuel, devastating beaches, wildlife and habitat. Tampa Bay doesn’t want to relive it.

To read the full article click here.

Analysing a new age of autonomous vessels

7 June 2018

The International Maritime Organization answers the questions of Government Europa on how the next generation of autonomous vessels can be regulated to ensure safety for all involved.

With a myriad of emergent new technologies on the horizon of the maritime industry, such as autonomous vessels, it is vital that regulations are established to ensure the safety, security and efficiency of a new generation of ships. In May, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – responsible for regulating international shipping – initiated its work into analysing the safety, security and environmental aspects of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS). Under this, IMO will look towards how such vessels can be addressed under the instruments of the organisation. The International Maritime Organization answers the questions of Government Europa on how the next generation of vessels can be regulated to ensure safety for all involved.

To read the full article click here.

ASV Global Gains ISO 9001:2015 Accreditation

4 June 2018

ASV Global, a developer of unmanned surface vessel (USV) technologies, has announced that it has been awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System certification by accrediting body DNV GL.

ISO 9001:2015 facilitates best practice quality management systems and this certification underpins ASV’s commitment to provide world class autonomous vessel technology and supporting services to its global customer base.

To read the full article click here.

AUV Tracking System Tested in Loch Ness

18 May 2018

A collaborative research project called Autonomous Surface and Sub-surface Survey System (ASSSS) aims to deliver an integrated system to provide a means of conducting low cost, shore based, full water column marine surveys using multiple unmanned systems. The project, part funded by Innovate UK, hopes to encourage wider adoption of unmanned systems.

The project is being led by a U.K. based developer of unmanned and autonomous marine systems, ASV Global. It combines the advantages of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) to further data gathering opportunities. The ASV follows the AUV in order to provide position updates to improve dead reckoning while the AUV provides status updates and basic survey information back to the ASV to be transmitted to shore.

To read the full article click here.

Blue Technology: Innovation for the Ocean

14 May 2018

What It Was

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing titled “Blue Technologies: Use of New Maritime Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Mission Performance.”

Why It Matters

The United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) responsibilities (e.g., search and rescue, illegal fishing and drug trafficking prevention, oil spill and natural disaster response, and maritime cyber security) have profound impacts on commerce and safety. Technological advances, such as phone applications, GPS, and surface and underwater autonomous systems can drastically increase what we know about the ocean and enhance the agency’s performance and mission success.

To read the full article click here.

Offshore Wind Sector Studies Autonomous Vessels to Cut Costs

10 May 2018

Industry players have teamed-up to explore the potential cost cuts to the offshore wind sector by using autonomous surface vessels to support operations.

The new 18-month £900,000 ($1.2m) Windfarm Autonomous Ship Project (WASP) joint industry project will explore the technical, regulatory and societal issues surrounding these vessels, aiming to develop a timeline for their phased introduction.

The project is part funded by Innovate UK and led by ASV Global, in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, SeaRoc Group, Houlder and University of Portsmouth.

To read the full article click here.

UK Port Partnership Develops Autonomous Vessel Tasks

13th April 2018

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ASV Global and BMT Partner to Improve Autonomous Navigation

11th April 2018

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ASV Global to Supply University o Southern Mississippi with its C-Worker 5 USV

21st March 2018

ASV Global will supply the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with its state-of-the-art C-Worker 5 USV, after USM awarded a contract to the USV company.

The C-Worker 5 USV will reportedly be used for “testing, training, and establishing procedures and protocols” for use of the system by NOAA on future hydrographic programs.

To read the full article click here.

ASV to Develop Containerised Marine Lab

16th March 2018

ASV Global is working with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to develop a containerised autonomous marine laboratory for use in developing countries, the company announced on 13 March.

The project is a part of the UK government-funded Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) programme. It aims to support Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) develop and sustain marine economies by ensuring the marine resources that belong to them are better understood and managed.

To read the full article click here.

Cheetah Introduces Kitt Catamaran for Unmanned Ops

6th March 2018

Cheetah Marine has introduced its latest 11.2m long cab vessel in support of autonomous and unmanned operations.

Named Kitt, after the 80’s TV show Knightrider’s famous self-steering and nearly indestructible car, the 11.2m catamaran was completed on the Isle of Wight for ASV Global, which specialises in the manufacture and operation of autonomous vessel technology.

When completed, the vessel will be kitted out with an ASView Autonomous Control System which is a leading conversion package providing autonomy for manned vessels.

To read the full article click here.

UK’s first fully autonomous vessel the C-Worker 7 is launched

1st March 2018

Unmanned ships could soon become a common sight in the seas around Britain after the launch of the UK’s first fully autonomous vessel.

Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, hailed the introduction of a self-operating ship as he unveiled plans for a strategy to boost Britain’s maritime industry for the next three decades.

To read the full article click here.

Unmanned surface vessel reduces cost of pipelay project

25th January 2018

An autonomous surface vessel has been used for the first time on a pipelay project, monitoring touchdown from the pipelay vessel Seven Antares.

To read the full article click here.

Autonomous Systems Take to the Sea

1st January 2018

Autonomous underwater vehicles are gaining more attention in the offshore oil and gas industry as they increase in capability, but it’s not over yet for remotely operated vehicle, hybrids or even new concepts.

To see our C-Worker 5 click here.

Project Hopes to Bring Autonomous Boats into Busy Waterways

6th December 2017

A £1.2m project hopes to cut the huge portion of marine accidents caused by human factors by bringing unmanned ships into busy routes.

It is hoped that the Shared Waterspace Autonomous Navigation by Satellite (Swans) scheme, funded by Innovate UK, will enable autonomous boats to enter congested waterways out of sight of land for the first time.

Collaborating with ASV Global and Deimos Space UK, engineering consultants BMT hope to address the challenge of how traditional manned vessels can co-exist with autonomous vehicles. Deimos will investigate how existing and future satellites can contribute to the task for “over-the-horizon” operations.

To read the full article click here.

Hydrographic Survey Vessel Converted for Autonomous Ops

27th November 2017

ASV Global said it has converted a 26ft hydrographic survey launch to enable it to operate autonomously using the ASView control system, while maintaining its ability to operate in a conventional manned mode. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work.

To read the full article click here.

First Unmanned Vessel Joins UK Ship Register

3rd November 2017

The UK Ship Register has signed its first-ever unmanned vessel to the flag. As explained, the move shows how the register “is adapting to the changes of the maritime industry.”

ASV’s C-Worker 7 will be used for work such as subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring. It can be used under direct control, semi-manned or completely unmanned.

To read the full article click here.

New ASV Delivered to University of Southampton

2nd November 2017

The first of ASV Global’s brand-new class of C-Cat vessels to roll off the production line has been delivered to the University of Southampton. The 3-meter autonomous catamaran, funded by an EPSRC RAS Capital Award, will be used by the university for scientific research and development of autonomous behaviors.

To read the full article click here.

ASV Global Appoints New UK Managing Director

23rd October 2017

Autonomous vessel technology developer, ASV Global, has named Mark Exeter as the new managing director of its Portchester, UK office.

Exeter’s predecessor, Dan Hook, moves into a new role as senior director – Business Development focusing on further market expansion.

To read the full article click here.

First USV-supported Cable Route Survey

10th October 2017

ASV Global and TerraSond have completed their first ever seabed cable route survey supported by an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). The survey route included various water depths and strong currents, while facing difficult wind and sea conditions in the Bering Sea offshore Alaska. The project was mobilised immediately following a 9,000km nautical charting survey by Terrasond, of which 4,750km (53%) were executed by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 autonomous surface vehicle (ASV).

To read the full article click here.

Key Factors to Make Autonomous Shipping a Reality

2nd October 2017

According to ASV Global’s (ASV) expert autonomous systems developers, there are three elements that hold the key to making autonomous shipping a reality. This article discusses those key technological requirements.

To read the full article click here.

DSEI 2017: Unmanned RIB makes a splash

5th September 2017

BAE Systems and ASV Global will demonstrate its unmanned Pacific 950 (P950) rigid inflatable boat (RIB) in its fully autonomous mode for the first time at DSEI.

The companies will also be showing the vessel in its remote-controlled mode and in its manned mode during the London event.

To see more of the demonstration 5 click here.


1st August 2017

Having delivered over 80 autonomous systems to more than 40 customers in 10 countries, ASV has established itself at the forefront of the continually evolving Autonomous
Surface Vehicle industry. ASV has built a world-class team with specialist expertise and experience in ASV concept design, build and commissioning, operation and maintenance, control system development and advanced autonomy research and development. ASV Global vehicles and control systems are designed, built, fitted and tested from the company’s facilities in Louisiana, USA as well as in Portsmouth, UK.

To see our full listing click here.


1st August 2017

Having delivered more than 80 autonomous systems, ASV Global maintains a leading position in the growing market for Autonomous Surface Vessel technology. The company’s expertise combining platform manufacturing and control system development brings the latest in maritime autonomous technology to market. ASV Global platforms are in operation across the globe within a variety of industries.

To see our full listing click here.

Driverless boats and aircraft to be tested off England’s south coast

15th July 2017

Driverless boats and aircraft are set to roam off the southern coast of England after BAE Systems set up a test area for marine robots.

The defence giant has set up a scheme in the Solent area between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, complete with the regulatory clearances and communications networks needed to run trials of autonomous vehicles. Robot boats, aircraft and underwater drones are seen as vital to the future of the defence industry, as well as the oil and gas sector, and search and rescue operations.

For the full article click here. 

Swipe: Driverless boat technology

23rd April 2017

Angela Barnes takes a look at a self-driving boat – and meets the man (Dan Hook) developing the autonomous vessels.

Live on Sky News Swipe programme on 21st April, 2017.

To catch up and watch the full video click here.


Trade minister praises Portchester business and downplays Brexit fears during visit

22nd April 2017

Mark Garnier MP, minister for international trade, unveiled marine technology business ASV’s new mission control centre as its UK headquarters in Portchester.

The minister claimed the centre was ‘incredibly innovative’ and that Britain and Portsmouth should be ‘shouting more’ about its marine engineering sector.

Vessels out on the Solent will be able to be controlled unmanned using satellite communication link from the new centre.

To read the full article click here.


Trade Minister praises South Coast’s marine and maritime sector

20th April 2017

From: Department for International Trade and Mark Garnier MP
Part of:Exports and inward investment and Free trade
First published: 20 April 2017

Mark Garnier visits Portsmouth as Clipper Round the World Yacht Race partners with GREAT campaign, and ASV Global opens new control room.

To read the full press release click here.

ASV eyes C-Worker expansion

12th April 2017

Demonstrating its C-Worker 5 unmanned surface vessel at the Ocean Business exhibition and conference in Southampton recently, ASV Global officials are targeting an expanded fleet for its commercial and defence concerns.

Speaking to Shephard, James Cowles, commercial technical sales manager, said that following on from the build of four C-Worker 5 platforms last year the aim was to follow this up with increased service and sales for marine hydrography and a range of other functions.

To view the video click here.

Ocean tech: Robot sea snakes and shoal-swimming subs

11th April 2017

Self-driving boats

Just as driverless cars are causing excitement on land, autonomous boats are also making a splash.

“Unmanned systems allow you to focus on the data,” said Dan Hook from UK firm ASV Global, which was also at the Southampton expo.

To read the full article visit the BBC website.

Sea Snakes and Subs

7th April 2017

In today’s Business Daily, Zoe Kleinman visits the Ocean Business exhibition. She tries out the latest marine technology including shoals of subs, robot sea snakes and remote controlled boats. Dan Hook from ASV Global invites Zoe to remotely pilot one of its rather expensive survey vehicles. Terry Sloane from Planet Ocean gives the low down on robotic microsubs, whilst Richard Mills from Kongsberg Maritime demonstrates the results of 10 years of research into snake robots which will be used for underwater inspection and maintenance. All this cutting edge equipment needs a power source and Paul Edwards from Steatite rounds off the programme by talking about the latest in battery technology.

To listen visit BBC World Service.

Ten awesome robots that are changing London

6th February 2017

Last September the Royal Navy took to the Thames to show off the latest addition to Her Majesty’s fleet – a drone boat. Officially christened the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed or MAST (see what they did there?), the unmanned craft is constructed on a dystopian-sounding ‘Bladerunner’ hull and can hit speeds of around 60mph. So far it’s only intended for reconnaissance missions, but before long rest assured some salty tar will have whacked a bloody great cannon on it.

For more awesome robots go to TimeOut.

Unmanned Surface Vehicle Market Growth Forecast Analysis by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application to 2021

30th January 2017

This market research study identifies ASV Global, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, ECA, Liquid Robotics, Teledyne Marine, and Ocius Technology as the leading players in the global unmanned surface vehicle (USV) market. A comprehensive analysis of this market is also presented by the end-user (civilian and defense) and geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

For the full report at Digital Journal click here.

Bering Sea ASV Force Multiplier

22nd November 2016

TerraSond, a hydrographic services company based in Palmer, Alaska (USA), used a C-Worker 5 (CW5) unmanned Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) in conjunction with a 105’ (32m) research vessel from June through August 2016 on a major hydrographic survey in the Bering Sea region of Alaska.

The ASV served as a force-multiplier, collecting multibeam and towed side-scan data alongside the larger vessel, which surveyed adjacent lines simultaneously.

Read the full story at Hydro International or view the Bering Sea ASV Force Multiplier PDF here.

Automated Actors Storm the Theatre

6 January 2017

The vehicles being tested by the Royal Navy during its recent Unmanned Warrior event may look impressive, intimidating, even bizarre, but what connects them is more notable.

The hardware on show at the event was impressive, 50 vehicles performing tasks ranging from reconnaissance to mine detection and even stopping attacks on other ships. Tom Austin-Morgan met some of the designers behind these Unmanned Warriors.

Read the full story at Eureka!

ASV Global Records 1,000 Days of USV Operations

28 October 2016

ASV Global, manufacturer of Autonomous Surface Vehicles, has reached the landmark of 1,000 days of unmanned operations.

The 1,000 days of unmanned operations cover a wide variety of applications that have been carried out by ASV Global platforms over the past six years. These applications include hydrography, oceanography, subsea positioning, mine countermeasures, ISTAR and naval gunnery training.

Read the full story at Marine Technology News.

Future Unmanned Naval Systems for MMCM Program

25 October 2016

Thales, BAE Systems and their partners SAAB, ECA Group and ASV Global welcome the confirmation by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation that the UK MOD and French Defense Procurement Agency will continue its collaboration for the combined United Kingdom and France MMCM (maritime mine counter measures) program. Initiated in 2010 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the program develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvised explosive devices.

Read the full story at Marine Link.

ASV Global Collaborates with UK Companies for Unmanned Warrior

14 October 2016

The Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise, taking place this October, will see over 40 participants from industry, academia and defence operating unmanned and autonomous vehicles. Katie Woodward speaks to ASV Global sales and marketing director, Vince Dobbin, to find out more about the company’s involvement.

Read the full story at Naval Technology.


Collaborative Autonomy in Mine Hunting Operations

13 October 2016

Angellica Bell from The One Show joined the Royal Navy at Unmanned Warrior to see how unmanned autonomous vehicles can work collaboratively in mine hunting missions.

Using ASV’s proven ASView control system, the C-Worker 5 successfully demonstrated the benefits of using UAV’s to reduce risk in mine hunting operations.

Watch the full episode here.

ASV Global Gets MOD Licence For MAST USV Software Use

29 September 2016

The U.K. Ministry of Defence has given ASV Global a licence to use its Advanced Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Capability technology. The contract has been signed through Ploughshare Innovations, the technology transfer arm of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

The licence is centred on Dstl’s Advanced USV Capability Project, due for completion in late 2017, which has developed an autonomous navigation system that enables USVs to operate safely at both high and low speeds.

Read the full story at

ASV Global And UK MoD Sign Licence Agreement For USV Software

28 September 2016

ASV Global has announced that it has signed a licence agreement with the UK Ministry of Defence allowing for the use of the latter’s Advanced Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Capability technology.

With funding from Dstl, ASV Global has developed advanced marine autonomy software, recently showcased on the Tidal Thames with the Royal Navy. This licencing agreement will enable ASV Global to exploit this technology across its current product range which offers Autonomous Surface Vehicles for both military and commercial applications.

Read the full story at Unmanned Systems Technology.

Defence Innovation Initiative – Speech

16 September 2016

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon discussed ground-breaking technology that the MOD will support with its new £800 million Innovation Fund.

Highlighting the MOD’s partnerships with innovative SMEs he said ‘At sea, ASV Ltd has developed the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed, or MAST, a superfast unmanned boat with a unique Bladerunner hull shape, capable of tracking high-speed targets and dodging other ships without human assistance.’

Read the full story at

Rise Of The Machines at Sea: The British Firm Building Robot Boats

16 September 2016

As the pace of automation gathers speed – from the Internet of Things to factory floors – there’s a lot going on quietly but efficiently in robot boats, in particular, with Portchester-based ASV Global.

Founded in 1998 “as an idea”, ASV – which stands for Autonomous Surface Vehicles – took off in 2007 after winning a research and development contract with the Defence Science and Technical Laboratory (DSTL). The 70-strong company builds robot boats for the British military, other defence contractors and commercial customers alike.

Read the full story at The Register.

NOAA Evaluates Capabilities Of Unmanned Surface Vessel

16 September 2016

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is partnering with the Office of Coast Survey, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, and ASV Global, an unmanned vehicle manufacturer, to conduct an operational evaluation of an unmanned surface vessel (USV) during a bathymetric and marine habitat survey offshore of the Carolinas.

Read the full story at NCCOS.

ASV Global Expands Into South America

14 September 2016

ASV Global, leading manufacturer of Autonomous Surface Vehicles, has expanded into the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

Working alongside local universities and authorities ASV is bringing the latest in Autonomous Surface Vehicle technology to the emerging South American market.

ASV Global do Brasil LTDA will offer sales, customer support and operational services. The new venture is being led by COPPE postgraduate and experienced naval architect Rafael Coelho.

Read the full story at Ocean News & Technology.

Navy’s New Toy: Drone Boat Takes To The Thames

6 September 2016

First it was drones in the skies; now the military wants drones at sea. A speedboat nicknamed the Bladerunner sped along the Thames yesterday, testing the limits of unmanned, high-speed maritime travel.

Military officials hope that robotic spy boats could be the future of Royal Navy reconnaissance. Regulations on the busy river meant that a sailor had to pilot the vessel for the trial. However, the lessons learnt from the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (Mast) will inform plans for crewless boats and even warships.

Read the full story at The Times.

Royal Navy Unveils Robot Spy Speedboat

5 September 2016

A drone speedboat that could pave the way for a Royal Navy robot fleet of high-speed reconnaissance and surveillance vessels has been unveiled by defence scientists.

The 34ft boat can skim across the waves at more than 50kts to track high speed targets, while navigating and dodging other ships without the control of a human.

Naval commanders believe the Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST) could herald a robot fleet of high-speed craft packed with sensors to carry out spy and scouting missions.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

Navy Tests Unmanned ‘Bladerunner’ Robotic Speedboat To Revolutionise Maritime Warfare

5 September 2016

An unmanned robotic speedboat dubbed ‘Bladerunner’ is being trialled by the Royal Navy in secret tests that could revolutionise maritime warfare.

The Royal Navy hopes the new technology will allow it to leapfrog rival militaries, including China and Russia which are investing heavily in autonomous design.

Read the full story at Express.

ASV Global To Supply Six USVs To SeaTrepid DeepSea

10 August 2016

ASV Global secured an order to design and manufacture six new unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) for SeaTrepid DeepSea.

The vehicles will be used in a multiple autonomous vehicle program developed by SeaTrepid DeepSea combining USVs and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to conduct wide area, high-resolution surveys. The new vehicles will each be fitted with an acoustic underwater positioning system to track the AUVs throughout shallow and deep waters.

Read the full story at Subsea World News.

USVs To Be Used for Wide Area High-resolution Surveys

10 August 2016

ASV Global, UK, is to design and build six brand new Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) for SeaTrepid DeepSea.

Derivatives of the ‘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 ultra-deep waters. Using USVs to track the AUVs brings a step change in operational efficiencies with significant cost savings compared to using a traditional ship.

Read the full story at Hydro International.

A Bright Future For Autonomous Surface Vehicles

4 August 2016

James Hailstones, Business Manager for ASV Global, describes the potential for cost savings and risk reduction with autonomous surface vehicles…

Read the full story at Adjacent Oil & Gas.


ASV Global Makes The MTR100

July 2016

Marine Technology Reporter’s annual MTR100 awards edition is the subsea industry’s most awaited annual ranking of the leading companies serving the global subsea industry.

A leader in the growing market for Autonomous Surface Vehicle technology, ASV Global made the grade to feature in the MTR100 for the 4th year in a row.

Read the full story at Marine Technology Reporter.

Bering Strait ASV Deployment

26 July 2016

TerraSond, a hydrographic services company based in Palmer, Alaska (USA), utilised an unmanned Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) to assist with the acquisition of survey data in July of 2015 in the northern Bering Strait region of Alaska. The 12’ ASV, a military target drone converted into a hydrographic vessel, worked in conjunction with a larger survey vessel and acquired the first data from an unmanned vessel to be used to update a US nautical chart.

Read the full story at Hydro International.

Autonomous Vessel Delivers in Challenging Environment

26 July 2016

The hydrographic survey industry is changing and moving away from manned operations in an effort to reduce costs and increase safety. During the Shallow Water Survey 2015 conference this new approach and the associated challenges were assessed by Swath Services during the collection of ‘The Common Dataset’ associated with the conference. The aim of participating with an Unmanned Survey Vessel (USV) was to determine if it was actually possible to undertake such a high specification challenge with a USV. The common dataset provides a benchmark against which the performance of the USV can be measured.

Read the full story at Hydro International.

Thales and ASV Sign Agreement to Develop Autonomous USV Technology and Capability

25 January 2016

After successful trials on Halcyon Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV), Thales and ASV strengthen their partnership. Both companies have signed an agreement to develop autonomous Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) technology and capability for maritime, civil, security and military domains.

This agreement, which builds on the strong existing relationship and the combined skills and expertise of the two companies, provides world leading, innovative solutions for autonomous maritime requirements.

Read the full story at Navy Recognition.


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