Ocean Infinity is developing the world’s largest fleet of uncrewed robotic vessels and will be the eWROV’s launch customer.
The eWROV is the latest addition to Saab Seaeye’s underwater portfolio. It is the culmination of four years of research and development, resulting in a larger and more powerful ROV compared to those designed for light work and observation tasks, the company claimed.
The all-electric, work-class underwater robots will be built in the company’s new facility in Fareham, UK.
The company said its iCON intelligent system architecture makes the eWROV capable of fully autonomous operation.
Magnus Lewis-Olsson, chairman of Saab UK, said: “Ocean Infinity’s order is the largest in Saab Seaeye’s history and highlights the need for intelligent, adaptable, and flexible underwater robotics. The eWROV is more efficient and cleaner than the hydraulic alternatives and it also requires less human involvement and will play an important role in future autonomous vessel fleets.”
Dan Hook, chief technology officer of Ocean Infinity, said: “Lessening the environmental impact of operations at sea is the main driver behind the development of Armada. The eWROVs will form an important part of our Armada architecture; through integration with our dynamic payload controller, we’ll be able to deploy and operate them anywhere in the world from our remote control centers.”