The Leopard work-class underwater vehicles will be deployed from Ocean Infinity’s initial 13 unmanned vessels for a variety of offshore and coastal services.
Dan Hook, Ocean Infinity, said: “The 3,000 m [9,842 ft] Seaeye Leopard was chosen not only because it is well suited to USV applications but more specifically because of its comparable capabilities to a conventional hydraulic work class vehicle, but with considerably less input power, meaning materially reduced carbon emissions.
“The Leopard has ready adaptability for ‘over the horizon’ operations as well as a clear reputation for reliability and its suitability for remote operations – crucial for maintenance or repairs as part of an unmanned fleet.”
Construction of the fleet is under way by Grovfjord Mek. Verksted and is expected to be operational early next year.
The fleet will be operated and monitored from onshore control centers in Southampton, UK, Austin, Texas, and a location soon to be finalized in Asia.