A Spanish company is specialised in hydrography and offshore projects. Through its experience, the company knows that obtaining marine data has a main inconvenient: its cost. Human manned ships are very expensive: over 50% of the operational costs correspond to the crew. This is the main reason for the development of an autonomous surface vessel (ASV) devoted to the inspection of offshore marine facilities.
The ASV is able to carry on many different sensors (weather station, curren meter, multibeam sounder, underwater camera, etc.), which allow it to collect marine data or develop facilities monitoring tasks. Another key advantage is the sending of this data via satellite to a land control base and its processing in real time.
Currently the ASV has been developed to a TRL 7 (Technology Readiness Level), which corresponds to a demonstration system operating in operational environment at pre-commercial scale. All the technology has been developed and is functional. The following step is to build the vessel and test it on open seas.
The company offers commercial agreements with technical cooperation, to companies related to the maintenance and monitoring of marine structures and facilities. These companies should be interested in the use of this ASV in different monitoring and maintenance tasks in their own controlled infrastructures. The company also offers technical cooperation agreements to these types of companies that are also interested in collaborate in the customisation of the ASV, its sensors, procedures, etc. This would allow better knowing and addressing the needs of future commercial partners in a range of sectors and helping in the interpretation of the obtained data.