Germany’s Subsea Europe Services and Florida-based Maritime Tactical Systems (MARTAC) will co-operate on supplying unmanned and autonomous marine survey platforms to European naval and commercial marine sectors
Under the partnership agreement, MARTAC will use its unmanned surface vessel (USV) portfolio in combination with Subsea Europe Services’ hydroacoustic sensors, platforms and solutions to provide for new, more efficient marine data acquisition workflows for European defence and marine survey customers.
The initial focus is on MARTAC’s new fully electric MANTAS T12, a 3.6-m X-Class vessel, mobilised with Subsea Europe Service’s integrated hydroacoustic survey system.
The MANTAS T12 is a next-generation USV offering operator control flexibility with full and semi-autonomous, human-in-the-loop operations. With optional solar power, its open architecture and modular design allow rapid integration of new sensors and communication technologies to meet diverse mission requirements. USVs are being increasingly deployed in the offshore oil and gas, wind and renewable sectors.
The first MANTAS T12 integrated hydrographic survey platforms will be made available for the European survey industry by Subsea Europe Services at the start of 2022.
The payload flexibility of the MANTAS vessels reduces the complexity of deploying hydrographic systems and related equipment.
“The partnership with MARTAC is an important part of our efforts to bring down the cost of high-quality marine data by making the sensors, platforms and solutions that collect it at sea much easier to access and operate,” said Subsea Europe Services chief executive Sören Themann. “MARTAC USV’s are highly regarded in defence circles due to incredible resilience, speed and flexibility, so besides working with the European navies, we’re looking forward to bringing the USVs and our integrated solutions closer to commercial and scientific users in Europe,” added Mr Themann.
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