In the first week of 2023, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) issued a statement confirming that USEA’s unmanned surface vessel is feasible and no “showstoppers” were identified.
his assessment is the conclusion of a process that started in 2021, when USEA submitted the first set of design and operational documents.
During more than a year, NMA analysed systematically every aspect of our USV’s design and operation, in the light of all applicable national and international regulations, and USEA supported them with all clarifications needed.
Now the project is formally cleared to proceed to shipbuilding phase.
This is a huge milestone for us at USEA Ocean Data, and an important proof that fully uncrewed offshore operation from day 1 is achievable
The USV of 24m length, and the fully automated uLARS system for operating autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), will collect data from the seabed, without risk to crew.
With USEAs unmanned vessels, data collection from the seabed will be cheaper, safer, and cleaner. This is a task that the whole subsea survey industry is trying to solve. That is why we are so excited that we can be pioneers in the field
the company concluded.