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The Imperial College London drone demonstrating autonomous UAV sensor placement on a wind turbine at the ORE Catapult facility in Blyth. The drone is equipped with a winch-tethered magnet and passive wheels capable of perching on, and sliding along, both vertical and horizontal surfaces.

R&D: Robotics Advances Inside the ORCA Hub

Many of the more advanced mechanics of robotic systems are being developed as part of the Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub in Edinburgh. It’s a publicly funded project led by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh), in collaboration with Imperial College London and the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool. We spoke with some of their specialists.First of all, what is robotics? Does that include remotely operated vehicles and autonomous underwater vehicles, for example?David Lane, Professor of Autonomous Systems Engineering

BladeBUG is a blade walking inspection robot, focusing on leading edge erosion inspection. Images from ORE Catapult.

Robotics: Autobots Transform in the Offshore Energy Sector

.There could be a lot to gain from robotics, but platforms and offshore wind turbine structures are also very challenging places to put them on. For oil and gas, key drivers are around safety and cost . For the offshore wind sector, the sheer volume of structures being installed is driving a push for robotic systems to do inspection, maintenance, and repair work safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively.So, where are we today? Robotics, depending on how you define it, isn’t entirely new to the offshore industry. Remotely operated vehicles with intricate manipulators have been used for decades, albeit

Karl Kenny, CEO, Kraken Robotics

Ocean Influencer: Karl Kenny, Kraken Robotics

a medical condition; the more often you inspect, the better the data. The holy grail? Data analytics. “Data analytics and predictive analytics is where the big value lies,” said Kenny. “The more you scan, the better you can understand the evolution.”Company Profile: Kraken Robotic Systems Inc.www.krakenrobotics.comSince 2012, Kraken Robotics has been on the leading edge of development of sensors, software and underwater robotics for the marine industry. 2019 was a significant year for Kraken with the sale of its ThunderFish AUV prototype to Defense, Research and Development Canada

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Cellula Robotics Partners with the NOC to Advance Marine Autonomy

, supplying a bespoke subsea drilling rig in 2019 for the high profile STEMM-CCS project which successfully demonstrated the potential of innovative new techniques for Carbon Capture and Storage in the marine environment.The NOC is the U.K.’s hub for the development of marine autonomous and robotic systems, and this new partnership will further enable Cellula Robotics to collaborate and share expertise with the Center’s other strategic partners in the advancement of cutting-edge marine autonomous technology.Aidan Thorn, Innovation Center manager, said, “It’s great to have Cellula

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Bennett Joins Kraken Board

strategic leadership across a breadth of sectors. We are thrilled to be welcoming her perspective during our period of rapid growth.”Kraken Robotics is a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors, subsea batteries and thrusters, and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland with offices in Dartmouth, N.S.; Toronto, Ont.; Bremen and Rostock, Germany; and Boston, Mass.“I am excited to join Kraken as the market for marine robotics is on a strong growth curve,” Bennett said. “The Kraken

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Kraken Moves Closer to Finalizing Danish Minehunting Deal

Canadian marine technology company Kraken Robotics Inc. said its its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has received notification that the complaint process regarding the Royal Danish Navy’s mine hunting upgrade program has been finalized. The Board of Complaints which oversaw the complaint process has ruled in favor of the Royal Danish Navy’s position on all points.Kraken originally announced in October 2019, that it was chosen as the successful bidder on a program for the acquisition of new sonar systems for an unnamed international navy. The delay since then was the

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Greensea’s New Ship Hull Crawler Tech Launches with VideoRay Defender ROV

tasks with a degree of precision not possible with a small free-flying ROV,” said Karl Lander, Greensea Program Manager. “Providing a stable base platform for a camera, laser imaging scanner, or manipulator will greatly enhance accuracy, and ultimately safety, by enabling small robotic systems to perform work previously requiring a diver.”In 2019, Greensea was awarded a Phase 2 R&D program through the U.S. Navy to develop a highly accurate navigation and autonomy solution for ship hull robots for the purposes of supporting autonomous proactive in-water cleaning. This program

Dr Phil Anderson and his kayak. Photo from SAMS.

@ SAMS, Science + Autonomy = Answers

, using a novel, hyperspectral infrared camera on a UAV. We look forward to learning more and telling you about it.The SAMS’ fleet:-   Three Seagliders 1K (Talisker, Ardbeg and Corryvreckan) – owned by SAMS.-  SAMS also use other gliders owned by the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems MARS, there are ~30 in the national pool)-  1 Remus 600 AUV – owned by SAMS-  1 Gavia Offshore Surveyor AUV – owned by MARS-  2 EcoSub AUVs – owned by SAMS-  1 Mojave ROV – owned by MARS-  1 Deep Trekker ROV – owned by SAMSGliders have

Kraken President & CEO, Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

Kraken Finalizes OceanVision Contract

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has finalized the contract for the OceanVision project with the Ocean Supercluster and industry partners (Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador, Ocean Choice International and Nunavut Fisheries Association).OceanVision is a three-year, $18.8 million project focused on the development of new marine technologies and products to enable an underwater robotics data acquisition and data analytics as a service business. Under the OceanVision project, Canada's Ocean Supercluster will provide an investment up to

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