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Fugro Orders Two SEA-KIT USVs

12-meter SEA-KIT X class uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), with one bound for their Asia-Pacific region and the other for North Sea operations.Ivar de Josselin de Jong, Director Remote Inspection at Fugro, said, “This order cements Fugro’s strategy to lead the development of remote and autonomous solutions, which is key to delivering a safer, more sustainable and more efficient approach to the construction and maintenance of marine assets. Integration of the new USVs into our global network of remote operation centers (ROC) will allow us to provide our clients with an entirely remote-controlled

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BAE Reflects One Year after Takeover of Riptide

One year ago, the FAST Labs R&D arm of BAE Systems announced the acquisition of Riptide Autonomous Solutions, with the goal  to pair Riptide’s unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) with BAE's mission system capabilities in autonomy, navigation, communications, sensor processing and electronic warfare, among others. The Riptide family of UUVs includes three offerings: the 4.875” diameter (25 lbs.) micro, the 7.5" diameter (65 to 120 lbs.) 1MP (man-portable) unit and the 9" (9.375”) diameter (120 to 240 lbs.) 2MP. The family of unmanned vehicles are designed to

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Fugro, Sea-Kit in Uncrewed Surface Vessel Team-Up

at Fugro, said: “We are excited to be partnering with SEA-KIT International to develop a range of USVs that will transform the marine industry. Together with other strategic alliances, this partnership represents a major acceleration to our strategy of leading the development of remote and autonomous solutions, which is key to delivering a safer and more sustainable approach to constructing and maintaining marine assets.” Image Credit: Sea-KitBen Simpson, Managing Director of SEA-KIT International, commented: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Fugro, which will

The Riptide AUV (Credit BAE Systems)

Good Undersea Vehicles Come in Small Packages

;cut the cord” have additional options.Effective AUVs have become smaller, and more affordable, in recent years. As with their ROV cousins there are multiple examples to consider. The modern “micro” AUV is perhaps best associated with the products of BAE Systems, formerly Riptide Autonomous Solutions. Riptide is a story of small vehicles and rapid growth. Founded in 2015 Riptide quickly delivered a compact AUV offering.Riptide’s first product was the micro-UUV, a highly flexible, open source autonomous undersea vehicle that provided a state-of-the-art, low cost solution well suited

CMA CGM to Support Notilo Plus Rollout

them launch their industrialization.Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater dronesFounded in 2016 and based in Marseilles and Lyon, Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater systems featuring artificial intelligence and data enhancement capabilities. It develops “made in France” autonomous solutions targeting the fields of maritime transportation, leisure and infrastructure.Last December, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, presented the Jacques Saadé Award to Notilo Plus on the occasion of the Trophées de l’Economie 2018

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BAE Systems Acquires Riptide

BAE Systems, Inc. has announced the purchase of the key assets of Riptide Autonomous Solutions, a Plymouth, Mass.-based provider of unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) technology and solutions.Specializing in small UUVs, Riptide’s platforms are deigned to be sophisticated yet simple, efficient and highly flexible, offering performance discriminators within this domain that include greater depth, range, endurance and speed.“Adding Riptide's technological capabilities will position us to provide customers unmatched flexibility by offeringa family of UUVs and integrated payload solutionscapab

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New WAM-V Distributor for Australia

Unmanned and autonomous ocean robots manufacturer Marine Advanced Robotics announced that BlueZone Group will be the exclusive distributor of the WAM-V autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) product line in Australia.“Australia is a key market for us as one of the global leaders in the use of autonomous solutions to address the challenges facing our oceans,” said Mark Gundersen, President and CEO of Marine Advanced Robotics. Marine Advanced Robotics is the sole designer and manufacturer of the WAM-V, a vessel technology designed to provide stability, portability and scalability to the marine

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

endurance of over 30 hours on alkaline batteries, it is an extremely capable platform. Riptide is currently in the process of fabricating their first series of deeper rated micro-UUVs. Stay tuned for more from this innovative micro-UUV developer.” Jeffrey M. Smith, President, Riptide Autonomous Solutions“Riptide is working with numerous undersea sensor providers to bring new capabilities forward to the market affordably and efficiently,” said Jeffrey M. Smith, President, Riptide Autonomous Solutions. “The micro-UUV offers a great deal of flexibility for the payloads it can

Jeff Smith, President, Riptide Autonomous Solutions

Oi ‘Voices’: Jeff Smith, Riptide

, Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Oceanology International, the subsea industry's largest global conference & exhibition. We asked industry leaders to weigh in on the value of Oi, and here we feature Jeff Smith, President, Riptide Autonomous Solutions:“Riptide is a relatively young Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (AUV) company and, as such, has participated in only one Oceanology International. Our experience was beyond all expectations. We met many potential customers from various countries worldwide and found that the results completely

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