HOUSTON – Ocean Infinity has launched a marine technology and data company, Armada.
The new company, with a focus on combining technology and sustainability, will initially add 15 bespoke designed marine robots to Ocean Infinity’s current fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).
According to the company, each unmanned surface robot will serve a range of industries by being equipped to perform a multiplicity of offshore data acquisition and intervention operations down to a depth of 6,000 m (19,685 ft). These robot ships will be capable of remotely deploying a range of sensors as well as AUVs and ROVs for visual and acoustic data acquisition.
The fleet requires neither people on board nor a host vessel nearby. Instead they will be controlled and operated by mariners via satellite communications from onshore facilities in both Austin, Texas and Southampton, England. The fleet approach produces up to 90% less CO2 than other conventional survey vessels, the company claimed.
Its fleet is currently under construction and is expected to be deployable by the end of 2020.