Ocean Infinity informs it has purchased two unmanned surface vehicles (USV) from ASV Global. The additions will be used as auxiliary rapid response vehicles in the already comprehensive seabed exploration system. The USVs are being designed with a broad selection of sensors allowing for flexibility in differing operations.
Ocean Infinity said it will continue to use the USVs for positioning and monitoring of the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV); HUGIN 6000 with IP mesh radio. The acquisition brings the autonomous vehicle fleet to a total of 16; with eight AUVs and eight USVs. The autonomous vehicles will use InfinityView, a mission planning software, for individual missions allowing for simultaneous operations while in the water.
The USV and AUV systems are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017. Prior to delivery, Ocean Infinity will begin sea trials on the simultaneous operation of multiple autonomous vehicles used in the exploration of the seabed. This seabed exploration command and control system will be located on the 115 meter multipurpose offshore vessel equipped with two ROVs and a 250 ton recovery crane.