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Saab Receives U.S. Navy Contract for Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target

Saab will conduct a modernization update to meet the customer’s requirements and qualify the product through first article validation testing. Following successful validation, the customer anticipates a 10-year production period. The contract has a potential value of USD $173.2 million (SEK 1.73 billion) over a 10-year ordering period for deliveries through 2032. The initial order value to Saab is USD 5.8 million and was booked in Q3 2022. In order to support this, Saab, Inc. is setting up a facility in Cranston, Rhode Island where Saab’s Autonomous and Undersea Systems Division is based.

Global Underwater Hub launches further Defence Sector Calls for Innovation

The Global Underwater Hub (GUH), in partnership with the Royal Navy and Babcock International Group, has launched two new “Calls for Innovation.” The calls aim to identify technologies and techniques used in the offshore environment that can be applied throughout the defence sector; aiming to address key problem challenges and generate efficiency savings.

AIS Acquires Subsea Specialist CRP Subsea

As part of its growth strategy, AIS has acquired CRP Subsea, a leading provider of high integrity solutions for the most demanding offshore environments. Based in Skelmersdale, England, CRP Subsea (formerly Trelleborg Offshore UK) are specialists in polymer and syntactic foam-based buoyancy and protection products for the offshore renewables and oil and gas industries.

WEBINAR: Revolutionizing Our Relationship to the Ocean Through Leadership in Marine Autonomy

Throughout the 20th century, the marine environment has been under attack, and the assailant has been us. Overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, biodiversity decline, ocean acidification, and an increase in marine heatwaves are challenging the living things that depend upon the ocean, including people. A sea change, however, is occurring in response to these troubling trends. More and more, humanity is revolutionizing its relationship with the ocean. For example, funding for marine conservation worldwide has doubled to nearly $2 billion over the last decade. Astonishing advances are being made in sustainable fishing, aquaculture, marine debris prevention and response, habitat restoration, offshore renewable energy, and ocean exploration and mapping.

Drone exercises point way to future of Royal Navy’s Gulf operations

Royal Navy sailors and ships harnessed the tech of robot drones in a multi-national insight into potential future naval operations in the Gulf. Flotillas of sail drones could serve as the ‘eyes and ears’ for larger warships, moving around the Gulf gathering intelligence, beaming it back in real time to ships and headquarters ashore.

Seanic US Rebrands as Centurion Subsea Services

Centurion Group, a global leader in the supply of rentals & services to the critical industries, is pleased to announce that Seanic US is rebranding as Centurion Subsea Services (CSS). ​This rebrand will bring Seanic US in line with the wider group, with sister locations based in the UK and Singapore. The Houston-based brand will capitalize on its decades of experience to provide a fully integrated subsea service for its customers, delivering industry-leading diver, deck and ROV tooling, engineered solutions, state-of-the-art testing facilities, and more.

Ocean Robot Mission Success Marks Key Milestone in Net-Zero Transition

A recent mission that saw robot submarine Autosub Long Range (ALR), better known as ‘Boaty McBoatface’, explore and visually map end-of-life oil fields has been hailed a success, marking a key milestone in the marine survey industry transition towards net-zero targets.

Saab Seaeye in Angolan 'Rig to Reef' Project

The transformation of an oil platform into an artificial reef is underway in Angola. It is the first platform in Africa to be decommissioned in a project led by environmental quality services company, EQS, with a Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robot deployed for the task.

Rovco and Horizon Ocean Management Enter Strategic Partnership for Japanese Offshore Wind Market

Horizon Ocean Management (HOM) – a subsidiary joint venture between Mitsui and Hokutaku (the leading turbine maintenance company in Japan) – and Rovco, a global provider of subsea robotic and hydrographic survey solutions to the offshore wind industry, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for through-life subsea asset integrity and balance of plant survey solutions for the Japanese offshore wind market.

SeaBot Maritime receives UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) voluntary recognition for pioneering MASS Remote Operator Training

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has announced that SeaBot Maritime, an award-winning training provider, has received MCA voluntary recognition for its pioneering Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) Remote Operator Training.

Applied Acoustics Achieves Milestone Defence Contract

applied acoustics, an aae technologies group company, has signed a major contract for the supply of multiple units of its next generation military USBL subsea tracking system. The MIPS 2 system is the latest addition to the range of acoustic sub-systems designed for defence applications, with many of those systems finding use in mine countermeasure (MCM) operations. While details of the contract are undisclosed, the order marks a significant milestone for the UK headquartered company as it represents its 300th USBL system assigned to military service.

HII Unveils REMUS 620 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

HII’s Mission Technologies division has revealed a new medium-class unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV): REMUS 620. Building on the design philosophy of the highly successful REMUS 300 — recently selected by the U.S. Navy as the program of record for the Lionfish Small UUV — the REMUS 620 has a battery life of up to 110 hours and a range of 275 nautical miles, providing unmatched mission capabilities for mine countermeasures, hydrographic surveys, intelligence collection, surveillance and electronic warfare.

SCS Ltd. Signs Distributor Agreement with Blueye Robotics AS

Subsea Commercial Services Ltd. (SCS) is proud to announce the securing of the exclusive Scottish distribution rights for Norwegian ROV manufacturer Blueye Robotics AS.

Oceanology International Americas Gathers Momentum

The San Diego based ocean technology, engineering and science event, Oceanology International Americas (OiA) has reported an upswell in interest and provided additional details on a number of new visitor and exhibitor attractions ahead of opening its doors from 14-16 February 2023.

World's First Resident Subsea Drone Programme Awarded

The world’s first resident subsea contract has been awarded to Modus by Equinor Energy for the autonomous deployment of a Saab Sabertooth underwater robot, which will remain docked on the seabed between tasks.

IMAGE Project with Voyis, Cellula Robotics Ltd., Shift Environmental Technologies Ltd. and Fisheries and Ocean Canada

Voyis is excited to announce the development of the IMAGE project - Image Mapping & Analysis for Governance and Education, funded through Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Ocean Management Contribution Program (OMCP).

Fugro and AD Ports Group Expand Remote and Autonomous Capabilities of Maritime Industry in the Middle East

Whilst the agreement formalises the partnership between Fugro and AD Ports Group, the companies have been working together since March 2022 ahead of the arrival of the region’s first USV, the Fugro Pegasus. The USV was recently welcomed into the UAE and will be stationed at Al Mirfa Port, Abu Dhabi.

Boxfish ROV Future-Proofed with Autonomous Capability

New Zealand underwater robotics company Boxfish Research announced that their remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are now autonomous-capable, allowing customers to future-proof their vehicle investment. The capability to upgrade the Boxfish ROV platform to perform autonomous and semi-autonomous tasks promises to deliver better data, enhanced survey repetition and increased efficiency in underwater operations.

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