Marine robotics technology firm Ocean Infinity has selected Valeport to provide sound velocity and bathymetric data for its Armada fleet.
The Armada fleet, which can carry out remotely operated, uncrewed operations, is said to be the world’s ‘most environmentally sustainable fleet’ of ocean-going, robotic ships.
Valeport’s sensors and profilers will be incorporated into six of Ocean Infinity’s vessels to offer data for facilitating operations.
These vessels will be equipped with Valeport’s miniSVS, for the purpose of surface sound velocity correction, beside the multi-beam echosounder in the sensor gondola.
In a statement, Valeport said: “Through the water column, the Midas SVX2, powered by the vessel, will deliver the sound velocity data of a sound velocity profiler (SVP) with the salinity and density data from conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD). The Midas SVX2 has also been combined with the VA500 altimeter to provide range data for the vessels.
“Selected to interface with the Edge Tech side-scan sonar and Saab Seaeye Leopard remotely operated vehicles (ROV), the Valeport uvSVX will be integrated onto the vessels to deliver sound velocity, temperature and salinity combined with range data from the VA500 altimeter and precision depth from the miniIPS2.”
The six vessels in the fleet to be loaded with the compact instruments will include 21m and 36m ships.
These solutions will help Ocean Infinity to carry out offshore data acquisition and ROV work in shallow as well as deepwater operations.
The first instalment of instruments has already been supplied by Valeport to Ocean Infinity’s facility in Southampton, UK.
The remaining deliveries are expected to be completed throughout 2021 and 2022.
Compared to a conventional survey vessel, an Armada robotic ship is said to discharge 90% less carbon.
The Armada fleet, anticipated to be deployable from next year, will be operated by Ocean Infinity from its onshore centres in Southampton, UK, and Austin, Texas, US.
In June, Ocean Infinity selected the ShipManager fleet management software from classification society DNV for its 17 new robotic vessels and autonomous underwater vehicles.