Marine robotics firm Ocean Infinity has acquired maritime security services company Ambrey.
The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.
This acquisition combines Ocean Infinity’s robotic vessels, artificial intelligence, data, cyber and low emission operations with Ambrey.
Ocean Infinity’s data and software capabilities will be enhanced by Ambrey’s intelligence and insurance services, whilst its robotic surface and sub-surface vessels provide increased potential for the Ambrey shipping and offshore client base.
The vessel manufacturing and fleet management capabilities of Ambrey will bring operational benefits, especially as Ocean Infinity gets closer to mobilising its ‘Armada’ fleet of robotic vessels, which is set to be the largest fleet of its type in the world.
Ocean Infinity CEO Oliver Plunkett said: “There is an immediate opportunity for robotic uncrewed vessels to play a huge role in maintaining safe operating environments for our clients.
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“The market presence and capabilities that the Ambrey team bring, along with a fantastic entrepreneurial spirit, will augment and strengthen our in-house capabilities in a way that will unquestionably move us forward in becoming the world’s leading ocean technology and data business.”
Ambrey Group managing director Chris Charnley said: “As we look to the future with Ocean Infinity, technology and green operations are leading the way. Together, we seek to revolutionise our industry and broaden our service offering, underpinned by our greatest asset, our people and the combined expertise of our new team.”
Following the deal, Ocean Infinity’s footprint now extends to offices in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa.
The headcount of the enlarged group is around 500.
Globally, Ocean Infinity currently owns and runs the largest fleet of 6,000m rated underwater autonomous vehicles.
Furthermore, the company owns six work class remotely operated vehicles along with eight unmanned surface vehicles.
Ambrey handles a fleet of more than 40 patrol, logistics and accommodation vessels for their shipping and offshore customers.