A first of its kind collaboration between defence and oil and gas will lead to the development of advanced underwater technology to solve challenges across both sectors. Subsea UK and its technology arm, the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI), have joined forces with the UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) to accelerate the development of underwater robotics, unmanned operations, sensors and other technological and digital innovations.
The Royal Navy is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to task autonomous submersibles with hunting underwater mines. British geospatial and data company Envitia, which has expertise around applying AI and machine learning to complex data problems, along with its partner BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, has been selected to deliver this, one of the first AI projects for the Royal Navy. Mine-hunting is currently carried out by a fleet of mine-hunter ships using sonar to survey seabeds looking for anomalies.
Companies are being invited to highlight the advances in underwater robotic technology, including developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomy and communication, at Subsea UK’s Underwater Robotics conference in Aberdeen later this year. Sponsored by ROVOP and Saab Seaeye, the one day event will look at the new technology being developed by the industry and the potential which exists for advances in underwater robotics.
Water is easy to keep out of things, seals and plastics are excellent barriers. However, water vapour can permeate right through those same plastics and barriers almost as if they were not there and in large volumes. Once inside the vapour condenses, causes problems and is kept in the precisely the wrong place by the very same seals and plastics that were designed to keep it out.
A specialised high-thrust electric propulsion system has been developed by Torqeedo, for VIKING’s new LifeCraft survival craft, which are designed to speed safe evacuation of hundreds of passengers from ships at sea. The 203-passenger LifeCraft is a motorised inflatable vessel designed to deploy from a shipboard storage/launch station.
Halton will expand its supply of indoor air solutions from cruise ship cabins and galleys to special solutions for ship restaurants. The company will supply a total of 31 made-to-order custom-designed energy efficient hoods. The design is specially developed for Geonbae, Virgin Voyages’ 'Korean BBQ' restaurant. The hoods were developed and tested in collaboration with Virgin Voyages and master shipbuilder Fincantieri over the course of two years at the R&D centre of Halton’s factory in Germany.
A British company’s boat stopping systems which can quickly stop boats used in terrorism and narco trafficking without harming the boat or its passengers is making waves at the IDEX Show in Abu Dhabi (17th-21st February 2019).
As we know, everything these days is becoming ‘smarter’. Whether it be smart homes, smart cars, smart lighting, or smart factories, it’s all geared towards making our world a more efficient and sustainable place.
An organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife, economic and environmental sensitivities along the coast of British Columbia, Canada has made three of its new vessels more efficient thanks to variable frequency drive (VFD) technology from Invertek Drives.