Drones & robotics

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Welding Inspection Drones

Welding is a critical hot-work process in shipbuilding.[1] Large ocean going vessels can contain hundreds of kilometers of weld lines, many in hard-to-reach interior a

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Cruise ship inspection swarms

Vessel inspections are a regular part of a ship’s operation, undertaken as frequently as every six months.[1] Inspections cover the entire ship, from the bridge to the

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Container stacking drones

Due to the imbalances in trade flows, 24% of shipping containers - amounting to 200 million of them - are empty.[1,2,3] Yet they still need to be moved around, and thi

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Drone stations at wind farms

The operation and maintenance of wind turbines amounts to approximately 25-30% of its total lifecycle costs and is expected to increase as wind farms move further away

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Subsea drone charging platform

The lifetime operation and maintenance of wind farms amounts to approximately 25-30% of its total costs and is expected to increase as wind farms move further offshore

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Subsurface coating reapplication

Approximately 10% of a vessel’s energy costs and emissions are due to fouling on the hull.[1] In the U.S.

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Autonomous underwater dredger

Sediment builds up in canals and ports, and so this underwater infrastructure needs to be continuously dredged to required depths.

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Man overboard rescue drones

Between 2011 and 2018, 92 out of 298 people who fell overboard in EU waters died.[1] Survival chances depend on detection, response method, water temperature, and luck

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Solar-powered charging vessel

The electrification of the seas requires energy sources in remote places.

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Fully electric fish farm

The aquaculture industry currently produces approximately half of the fish for global consumption, and this is expected to reach two-thirds by 2030.[1,2] Given the tre

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Thermal-powered platform

Thermal vents on the sea floor provide a source of infinitely renewable power and rare minerals.

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Thermal vent smoke-filtering

Deep sea mining is expected to grow 37% annually, from $650mn in 2020 to $15.3bn by 2030.[1] Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor are chimney-like structures where un

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AI for cargo stowage

RoRo (Roll-on/Roll-off) vessels carry 234 million tonnes of goods annually around Europe, and is growing at an average rate of 3%.[1,2] RoRo vessels follow fixed route

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Smart weather buoys

Weather is the major cause for maritime accidents, shipping and cargo losses, injuries, and even fatalities.

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Wave-powered tsunami warning

60,000 people and $4bn in assets are exposed to the global tsunami hazard.[1,2] These numbers are expected to increase due to population growth, migrat

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Turbine blade cleaning drones

Owners and operators of wind parks are challenged with keeping turbine blades in optimum condition.[1] A combination of accumulated debris, dust deposits, and blade ro

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Underwater data lasers

Communication from the depths of the seas currently requires a cable connection or acoustic transmission.

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Underwater laser pipe cutters

Europe is currently the largest market for offshore decommissioning with the majority of this activity taking place in the North Sea.[1] In the North Sea approximately

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Autonomous service vessels

Day rates for the smallest and largest service vessels range from $8k-26k.[1]  While autonomous vessels are estimated to reduce fuel consumption by 6%, an autonomous-u

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Autonomous containers

In 2019, the containerized shipping industry will have transported over 800 million TEU, generating earnings in excess of $25bn.[1] These containers arrive in ports on

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Document delivery drones

A particular pain point in shipping is that vessels need specific documents delivered to ports before they arrive.

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Roaming autonomous wind farms

80% of the global wind resources are located offshore in deep waters (60+ meters) where traditional seabed-fixed installations are not suitable.[1] These areas will be

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Lashing robots

Each year, around 1,390 containers are lost at sea due to poor lashing and rough weather conditions.[1] When failure occurs, containers fall into the sea and can cause

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Drones for enclosed spaces

Every year people die inspecting enclosed spaces. These spaces can contain depleted oxygen levels, toxic gases, and/or material otherwise unsafe for humans.

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Subsea robotic maintenance

Subsea infrastructure and the demand for its maintenance is growing.

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Offshore maintenance drones

Aerial drones are increasing in applicability, and are already used for structural inspections of offshore platforms and wind farms.[1,2,3] Their integration and modul

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Subsurface hull laser scanner

Large ships are inspected and cleaned every 4-5 years and painted every 8-10 years, in order to improve vessel performance and to demonstrate owners' commitment to saf

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3D-printed turbine components

Europe has over 4,000 offshore wind turbines in operation, supplying a total of 15.8 GW.

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