The first Unmanned Marine Systems (UMS) certificate awarded to an uncrewed surface vessel (USV) has been awarded to SEA-KIT International by Lloyd’s Register
SEA-KIT has worked closely with Lloyd’s Register since early 2020, culminating in its 12-m X-class USV for Fugro being awarded the new UMS certification on 28 June 2021.
“Not only is this an important achievement for SEA-KIT, but it also represents a significant recognition by Lloyd’s Register for the wider maritime community,” the company said.
Lloyd’s Register’s naval centre of expertise manager Paul James said, “Lloyd’s Register has been working on the safety assurance of unmanned marine systems since the launch of our UMS Code in 2017.
“Early on, we recognised the industry’s need for a cost-effective and robust method to demonstrate that unmanned novel and complex systems are safe.
“The Lloyd’s Register naval team welcomed the opportunity to work with SEA-KIT to look into the design, operation and construction of its latest USV. We are pleased to provide certification and safety assurance of SEA-KIT’s unmanned system.”
Fugro’s SEA-KIT USVs are already working on commercial projects around the world, with multiple additional builds planned that include a larger vessel later this year.
Fugro global remote inspection director Ivar de Josselin de Jong said, “This is a ground-breaking milestone. It provides the framework needed to certify the safe design and build of our Blue Essence USV fleet.”