HOUSTON – Nauticus Robotics Inc. says that it has entered into an agreement with Shell to advance its Nauticus’ Aquanaut and Hydronaut robotic platforms to the qualification phase, with the goal of improving integrity data acquisition on subsea structures.
Nauticus says that this collaboration will enable Shell to add an advanced tool to its subsea asset integrity management lineup, with the potential to improve subsea operations.
An initial feasibility study was recently completed, and the team now moves onto the operational qualification phase. This will focus on remote operations of the robotic duo using supervised autonomy and tool control using Nauticus’ acoustic communication networking technology. The collaboration is targeting the preliminary work required for an offshore pilot project.
Nauticus says that this collaboration will utilize its fully electric subsea robot, Aquanaut, which is deployed from Nauticus’ small surface vessel, Hydronaut – which is used for the transport, recharge, and communication for Aquanaut, among other tasks.
Together, Nauticus says that this robotic pair will function as a unified solution to bring a new means of conducting subsea work to the offshore services industry. Ultimately, the company says that their inherent autonomous architectures will allow a transition to far more autonomous operations over conventional solutions.