PARIS – Forssea Robotics has secured funding from various sources to conduct sea qualifications next summer of its Atoll subsea vehicle for autonomous docking applications.
The vehicle, known as Atoll, acts as a homing device to convey a subsea cable to infrastructure on the seabed at water depths of up to 2,000 m (6,562 ft).
It is designed to be deployed from a very light vessel, which should reduce the costs of certain subsea interventions, the company claims.
Applications range from lifting of lightweight structures, such as long baseline frame deployments to power/data transfer with resident systems.
“This funding will enable us to qualify our proprietary designed Atoll vehicle as well as state-of-the-art underwater vision systems,” said Forssea CEO Gautier Dreyfus.
“We will undertake several trial sessions in October 2018 in shallow water, whereas the full depth equipment will be assembled early 2019 for deepwater trials mid-year.”
Forssea was formed in May 2016 to develop new technologies to cut subsea operating costs in niche offshore markets. The company has a strategic alliance with Searov Offshore (now part of the DeepOcean group) which operates ROVs offshore West Africa and Southeast Asia.
Forssea via its 12-strong R&D team, develops hardware with high computing capacity and novel control algorithms, and an underwater photogrammetric camera with relative positioning capability.