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Latest marine industry robot news

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

As you would expect from an industry which is going to dramatically benefit from robotics and automation over the coming years, developments are coming thick and fast. 

For example, we heard just recently that Kongsberg Maritime of Norway, has signed its first contract for its ROV launch and recovery system (LARS).

This is designed to handle remotely operated vehicles (known as ROVs) from unmanned vessels.

LARS will be installed on Kongsberg’s fleet of robotic ships, known as Arnada, by Ocean Infinity. 

Kongsbers told the media that LARS is an essential component within a system that has been designed to have no humans around whilst carrying out  subsea operations. 

"This innovation enables the deployment of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) by teams based onshore," a spokesperson for Kongsberg explained.

They continued: “The system uses a pure electric drive system, making it more environmentally sustainable and significantly reducing the need for maintenance. Launch & recovery will happen through the moon pool, with the release and capture of the ROV occurring beneath the sea surface. This eliminates the possibility of damage to the ROV from impact with the vessel hull. Another benefit is that launching and recovery can be carried out in higher sea states," Kongsberg says.

Lisa Edvardsen Haugan, Executive Vice President, Deck Machinery & Motion Control, Kongsberg Maritime added: "We believe this will be a game-changer.”

"The cost of ROV operations can be drastically decreased through the use of this system. We expect to see more companies transition to using unmanned vessels to reduce operational costs and increase safety."

The Armada fleet is planned to be operational by early 2021.