As a part of its cooperative agreement with the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), Sea Machines Robotics announced that it has successfully demonstrated its autonomous systems on August 21. The on-water demonstrations took place on board the world’s first autonomous spill response vessel; a Vigor/Kvichak Marine Industries-built skimmer boat, o.
In September, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute demonstrated a new use for its long-range autonomous underwater vehicles, detecting and tracking oil spills. MBARI engineers outfitted an LRAUV with fluorometers that can detect oil in water and the simulated an oil spill using non-toxic, biodegradable dye.
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