Marine Robotics for the Future
Learn about the latest robotic vessels under development by Ocean Infinity for sustainable operations in the maritime industry
Speaker: Michael King, Senior Business Development Manager, Ocean Infinity
With a technical background as a geophysicist, Michael started his career working for offshore in oil and gas exploration across the world, followed by further time on vessels conducting coastal hydrographic and geophysical surveys, primary for offshore wind project. This lead to a move into project management, where he gained extensive experience across a range of oil and gas projects, within the offshore renewables sector and for the subsea cables market in the UK and Europe. He is currently a Senior Development Manager for Ocean Infinity, responsible for their Armada Fleet. He has presented at conferences and industry events across the world, and sits on various industry committees and steering group, including the Marine studies group of the Geological Society of London, and IMCA;s MASS working group.
Using green technology and requiring fewer people deployed to sea, robotic fleet technology holds the key to a carbon neutral future for offshore operations. Currently in build, Ocean Infinity’s Armada fleet of low-emission uncrewed robotic vessels will offer new ways of working resulting in the most sustainable operations the maritime industry has seen. By investing in the latest hybrid engine technology, Armada will offer a more environmentally responsible and efficient alternative to conventional marine operations, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 90%. The fleet comprising 17 vessels ranging from 21m-78m can be launched from any shoreline on the globe, and will be equipped with state of the art sensors and pioneering navigational technology to allow information to be gathered from the shallowest to deepest waters. In this talk, the work scope that these optionally crewed robotic vessels will be capable of undertaking; from survey work, through to construction and operation and maintenance will be presented. The talk includes a discussion of the design considerations that will facilitate the deployment of a wide range of sensor packages, from simple hydrographic spreads to full WROV capability and the some of the challenges faced during the development.