Kongsberg Maritime will execute the project and deliver two purpose-built unmanned ships, each capable of supporting underwater ROVs by providing power, data centers, and communication platforms. lost at sea and the ROVs will be operated remotely from an onshore control station, eliminating the need for living quarters on the ship itself.
“We are delighted and proud to have achieved this important milestone for the Reach Remote project, which will be a game changer for the industry and for us. Reach Remote will reduce costs for customers by up to 20-30% and reduce emissions by 90100% compared to today’s large manned control vessels,” said Reach Subsea CEO Jostein Alendal.
The “Reach Remote” project is a joint effort between Reach Subsea, co-owner Wilhelmsen, the Wilhelmsen/Kongsberg Massterly joint venture and Kongsberg Maritime. Wilhelmsen is a leading investor in autonomous ship technology and, through Massterly, has been involved in some of the most famous autonomous projects in recent years.
Costs were disclosed, and totaled approximately $ 5 million for ships and related onshore infrastructure. The first two units are expected to be delivered in 2023.
“We see strong demand from the traditional oil and gas segments combined with fast-growing emerging market segments such as energy and energy. renewable quantity. Jostein Alendal said interest in Reach Remote is huge across all parts of our global customer network.
The concept is roughly comparable to Ocean Infinity’s Project Armada, which is also developing self-propelled USVs to house and deploy unmanned AUV and ROV survey assets on board. The first Armada ships are being built at the GMV shipyard in Norway and the Vard shipyard in Vietnam.