Subsea Vehicles News

L to R: Charles Chiau, CTO and Co-founder of Bedrock and Jean-Marc Binois, Chief Commercial Officer of Exail (Credit: Exail)

Bedrock Picks Exail’s Phins 9 Navigation for Next-Gen AUV

Exail has concluded its first sale of the Phins 9 Compact Inertial Navigation System (INS) to Bedrock, an underwater data acquisition platforms specialist.The Phins 9 Compact INS will be integrated into Bedrock’s new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).Bedrock's AUV is a purpose-built, modular platform designed for deployment for geophysical surveys and monitoring.Equipped with Multibeam Echosounder (MBES), Side Scan Sonar (SSS), and Magnetometer (MAG), the AUV boasts a 300-meter depth rating and 12-hour endurance surveying at 3 knots with all systems operational.The integration of Phins 9

Cellula's Solus-XR XLUUV (Credit: Cellula Robotics)

Metron and Cellula Robotics Join Forces for UUV Long Duration Ops

Metron has signed a partnership agreement with Cellula Robotics to expand uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) capabilities for advanced operations in dynamic environments.The new agreement will leverage the expertise of both companies and address specific technical gaps in the UUV defense and offshore energy markets especially for long duration, multi-payload mission operations where communications are often denied or restricted.As part of the new alliance, Metron's Resilient Mission Autonomy portfolio will be integrated into Cellula's Solus and Imotus families of vehicles to deliver AI-enabled

©Asso.subsea (cropped)

AssoJet III Mk2: Asso.subsea Unveils its Most Advanced Jetting ROV

Offshore installation services firm Asso.subsea on Thursday announced the development of a newly built jetting vehicle for cohesionless soil: AssoJet III Mk2."The AssoJet III Mk2 is the most advanced of the ASSO’s jetting ROVs, based on full in-house design which incorporates the vast Asso Group experience in jetting operations," Asso.subsea said.Equipped with more than 1.5 MW of available power, the vehicle is capable of burying up to 3.2m depth and it can deploy an independent eductor system for cleaning operations in addition to backfilling swords. Moreover, the company said the

Image courtesy Autonaut

AutoNaut USV to Trial Winch Cast to 100m

AutoNaut won funding from Innovate UK to develop a method to achieve a winch cast to 100m.  The challenge is to get the cast to sink to depth from a wave propelled vessel that does not stop. The trial will take place in Loch Ness in summer 2023.  “Since we started the company ten years ago, we have searched for a suitable winch to try this,” said Mike Poole, founding Director of AutoNaut. “This winch fits the special needs of our 5m USV in terms of size, power demand and controllability.  Now we need a method to get the cast to sink to the right depth rather than

Credit: BeyonC

Mini-ROV Firm BeyonC Joins Chevron's Catalyst Program

develop proprietary technology that is designed to improve the safety of performing subsea inspections while reducing carbon emissions, potentially improving asset reliability and reducing cost, the company said.BeyonC says it has patent-pending technology that provides mini-ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) with cost-effective on-demand asset integrity data."The BeyonC technology platform has been shown to provide a dramatic reduction in CO2 footprint compared to surveying performed by large offshore vessels. The data include status for Cathodic Protection (CP) from the industry-leading FiGS

Image courtesy EvoLogics GmbH

MTR100: EvoLogics GmbH

well as novel robotic solutions. The company’s advanced spread-spectrum technology allows it to deliver optimal results for various subsea applications. EvoLogics products include several series of underwater acoustic modems, underwater acoustic positioning systems (USBL, LBL), the Sonobot surface vehicle for surveying and monitoring, as well as the Quadroin, penguin-shaped AUV, with other uncrewed vehicles currently in development and prototyping stages.Image courtesy EvoLogics GmbHEvoLogics offers solutions for multiple underwater communication, positioning, navigation and monitoring applications

©Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime Nets Delivery Contract for Largest HUGIN AUV

Norway's maritime tech specialist, Kongsberg Maritime, has secured a delivery contract with an undisclosed partner for a HUGIN Endurance AUV System.HUGIN Endurance is a long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed for shore-to-shore operations. It is the largest member of the HUGIN family of AUVs measuring approximately 11 meters in length, with a diameter of 1.2 meters and weighing around 7,000 kilograms."Since the launch in 2021, HUGIN Endurance has garnered interest from the defense sector and from commercial operators, with a focus on reducing both the carbon footprint and cost

Credit: Modus/social media

Equinor Awards Modus 'World's First' Resident Subsea Drone Contract

Modus, a company specializing in hovering autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), has won a contract with Equinor for the provision of underwater intervention drone missions at their Johan Sverdrup field.The contract, which will run from 2023 to mid-2024, is for underwater intervention drone operations at the offshore field located in the Norwegian part of the North Sea, and will see one of Modus’ Saab Sabertooth HAUVs resident in field "for a significant period. "According to Modus, this is the world’s first resident subsea drone contract by Equinor Energy.The offshore operations

Artist’s concept of Manta Ray UUV. Image courtesy DARPA

Back to the Future: Blended Wing Gliders Could Redefine Undersea Warfare

,along with its cousins the Kongsberg SeaGlider, originally developed by the University of Washington, and Spray Glider, jointly developed by Woods Hole and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, have been at the forefront of the marine robotics revolution. Gliders are unique among autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Rather than use thrusters or propellers for propulsion, they rely on changes in buoyancy, in combination with wings and stabilizers, to "fly" through the water column in an up-and-down, sawtooth fashion, periodically surfacing to communicate with human operators ("pilots"

 Subsea Viking - Credit: Eidesvik Offshore

Van Oord Books Eidesvik Offshore Vessel for Offshore Wind Trenching Support

new client.” Arnoud Kuis, Managing Director of Offshore Wind at Van Oord said: “The vessel will be deployed at various Van Oord projects, as a trenching support vessel, and will be the main platform for the Van Oord trencher Dig-It.”The Dig-It is Tracked Remotely Operated Vehicle (TROV), with its tracks as its primary method of propulsion. It is a remote-controlled trench jetting and cutting system as well as a cable burial system. Its first project was the cable burial work at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in Germany in 2018.Dig-it on deck - Credit: Van

Credit: Cellula

Cellula Robotics to Build AUV to Measure Ships' Signatures

Canada-based subsea robotics systems firm Cellula Robotics has secured a contract through Innovative Solutions Canada's Testing Stream to build and test of hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for use in underwater measurements of a ship's acoustic and magnetic signature.The innovation, known as Imotus-S, builds on Cellula's existing commercial Imotus AUV and is configured with an Ocean Sonics hydrophone and an Ocean Floor Geophysics self-compensating magnetometer. Imotus-S will test the ability to be deployed from a marine vessel to provide magnetic and acoustic signature

Credit: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Reels In $44M in Hugin AUV Orders in Q2

Norway-based Kongsberg Maritime’s Sensor and Robotics division said Wednesday it had secured over NOK 450M (~$44 million) in contracts for HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) in the second quarter of 2022. "The order income consists of a healthy mix of recurring business with existing customers and new customers that will utilize the HUGIN platform in their operations," Kongsberg said, without going into details on who the clients were exactly."The use of AUVs is a vital piece in the technology puzzle that must be solved to enable sustainable oceans. The vehicles can

ART® vPush - Credit: TSC Subsea

TSC Subsea Deploys 'Industry's First' Acoustic Deepwater Hydrate Detection Solution

Norway-based subsea inspection solutions provider TSC Subsea said Thursday it had launched an industry first in acoustic deepwater hydrate detection solution, first deployed at a project offshore Angola.According to the company, the solutions. called the ART vPush, provides efficient, cost-effective, hydrate detection at a level that has not been previously available.The tool uses TSC Subsea’s ART technology on a moving platform to rapidly assess pipeline contents over complete pipe runs. Data is collected in real-time and processed with several algorithms to monitor signals from the far side of

File photo: Saipem

Saipem's FlatFish Drone to be Deployed for Ultra-deepwater Inspection at Shell and Petrobras Fields in Brazil

Italian oilfield services and technology company Saipem will provide its FlatFish subsea drone for Shell's and Petrobras' ultra-deepwater projects in Brazil.Under the contract, Shell and Petrobras will use Saipem's FlatFish subsea drone in two pilot projects encompassing the inspection campaigns of two ultra-deepwater fields offshore Brazil.These two projects with Shell and Petrobras are pilots and fall within the framework of the research and development program of ANP, the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels. The target is to qualify the drone to execute

The February 2024 edition of Marine Technology Reporter is focused on Oceanographic topics and technologies.
Read the Magazine Sponsored by


Marine Technology Magazine Cover Mar 2024 -

Marine Technology Reporter is the world's largest audited subsea industry publication serving the offshore energy, subsea defense and scientific communities.

Marine Technology ENews subscription

Marine Technology ENews is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for MTR E-news