Fugro Alumaster converted to Unmanned Survey Vehicle
Some users want the option of using their survey boat in an unmanned mode, while still having the option of manned use. Other users see a potential in using Unmanned Surface Vehicles, but are not yet ready to take the cost of investing in a custom USV platform. For those users the Maritime Robotics USV Conversion System offers a unique opportunity to take advantage of the possibilities for unmanned surface operations.
Maritime Robotics successfully converted the Fugro Alumaster for use in unmanned operations during may 2017. The process involved a re-use of most of the existing systems on board the boat, and thereafter installing and interfacing the Maritime Robotics USV Conversion System. (On-board system – Communications system and Vehicle Controls Station). The USV Conversion System includes the same Vehicle Control Station, Communication and On-Board-Systems as the more integrated Mariner USV system, but can also be highly customized for your special need and requirements.
During sea-trials the vessel was piloted from our shore-based USV operator control room and tested in the Trondheimsfjord Test Area for Autonomous Ships.