UKSR Signs First Autonomous Vessel to UK Flag

Monday November 13th, 2017 TAGS: ,

The UK Ship Register has signed its first ever unmanned vessel to the flag, showing how it is adapting to the changes of the maritime industry.

C-Worker 7 is a multi-role work class ASV suitable for a variety of offshore and coastal tasks. The vehicle can be used to complete tasks such as subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring without the need of a ship on station or sea-bed anchoring. C-Worker 7 can integrate a variety of payloads including multi-beam, USBL, CTD and ADCP via exchangeable payload frames.

The autonomous C-Worker 7 vessel is capable of executing pre-programmed missions set up using ASV Global’s ‘ASView’ autonomous control system. The vessel is used by the oil and gas industry for tasks such as offshore construction support.

Doug Barrow, Director UK Ship Register said, “‘By supporting emerging technologies such as autonomous systems, we are helping to keep the UK at the forefront of the global maritime industry”.

‘Vince Dobbin, Sales and Marketing Director of ASV Global said, ‘We are delighted to have achieved the first registration of a semi-autonomous vessel for maritime operations. The MCA has been critical in enabling ASV to reach this pivotal milestone recognising the prominence of unmanned systems in the maritime environment’.

ASV Global is the world leading developer of autonomous vessel technology. They have designed and built more than 90 vessels which are now deployed all over the world in the service of the oil and gas, scientific and defence sectors. The C-Worker 7 is a multi-role work class ASV, suitable for a variety of offshore and coastal tasks without the need of a ship on station or sea-bed anchoring.

The UK Flag is growing, as they have invested in resources to meet the demands of that growth. They have the support of the UK Government, and the wider UK maritime industries to continue our expansion.

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