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Decarbonise with USV technology

Chaired and moderated by Peter Collinson, founder of Dendrityca, ‘Decarbonising operations with the use of USV technology’ looks at real-world case studies and early adopters across the commercial marine sector.

James Cowles, Business Development Manager at L3Harris & Russell Bird, Deputy Group Harbour Master (Hydrographic & Dredging) for Peel Ports Group, will present on the L3Harris autonomous unmanned vessel FITZROY, purchased by Peel Ports for use across their port sites. 

Designed to provide autonomous solutions to improve working efficiency on the water, FITZROY can be used for hydrology research, scientific exploration, hydrographic survey, emergency Search And Rescue and other tasks.  It uses GPS location tracking to follow pre-set waypoints and mission parameters, navigating autonomously while intelligently avoiding obstacles up to 50m ahead. The vessel communicates with the remote base station via WIFI, 4G and VHF radio. 

Harry Spedding, General Manager at AutoNaut, will be referencing a mission that is currently ongoing. “We have had an AutoNaut operating in the North Atlantic since the beginning of August, collecting data that will then be shared with multiple scientific organisations.  Current carbon emissions since launch are zero, but will talk about facing the difficulties of operations and power generations, as well as the truth of understanding our supply chain.”

“The Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) Industry is full of innovators, brilliant engineers and idealists.  The AutoNaut at sea operations are already Net Zero, but we can always be better.  We need to aim the brilliant minds we have to produce a positive impact, not just reducing our current impact.  The desire for greater knowledge has its own technical challenges, and it is important we all work towards overcoming these challenges to ensure the sector can improve in a sustainable manner.”

Dan Hook, Managing Director Ocean Infinity, will cover some of the cutting edge developments at global Ocean Infinity Group; focussing on the uncrewed and lean crewed digital maritime program, Armada. The robotic vessels that make up the Armada fleet range in size from 8m to 78m and are monitored from a series of remote control centres. With modular payloads and the ability to carry cargo, Ocean Infinity expects this fleet will play a major role in the future of clean maritime operations. 

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