Sea Machines launches new autonomous workboat

(BOSTON) — Sea Machines Robotics has announced the launch of SELKIE, its latest innovation in unmanned surface vessels (USVs). The first model, SELKIE 7, is a 7-meter (23-foot) USV powered by the company’s flagship SM300 autonomous command and control system.

As the first turnkey autonomous vessel released by Sea Machines, SELKIE is designed for industries ranging from hydrographic surveying and offshore asset inspection to security and environmental studies.

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Key features of SELKIE include:

• Robust autonomous functions: SELKIE boasts cutting-edge autonomous capabilities, granting users access to advanced functions.
• Easy to use: Quick to learn and ready to command via the highly intuitive single screen graphical user interface.
• Survey ready: Under-keel sonar mount, CTD winch, and ample power and space to mount customer hardware.
• Integrated payload/cargo bay: Built-in cargo storage equivalent to 2-by-1.3 meters (two Euro pallets). Also complete with remotely controllable deck hatches for deploying payloads at sea.
• High operational endurance: With its efficient design and diesel propulsion, SELKIE offers an extended operational range for a vessel of its size.

“She’s finally here. With nine years of autonomous development and on water use behind SELKIE, our overarching goal is to give customers, the world’s fleet operators, products that enable them to capture new and substantial value from their work,” said Michael G. Johnson, founder and CEO of Sea Machines. “With SELKIE, commercial operators, researchers and security agencies can go farther, do more, do it better, with less costly or restrictive effort.”

– Sea Machines Robotics

By Professional Mariner Staff