The project will utilise up to 3 unmanned surface vessels, Guardian Geomatics said.

American seabed contractor Ocean Infinity will support the project as a partner with its 'Seabed Constructor' acting as a mother ship.

By using unmanned surface vessels instead of a conventional vessel, Shell is able to reduce the onsite data acquisition time by a factor of 3. Using Guardian’s Seabed-Cloud technology the data is able to be presented to the users with a much quicker turnaround. The fuel usage on the project is estimated to be reduced by a factor 10,

...explained Steve Duffield, Commercial Director of Guardian Geomatics.

The project is planned to start in June 2019.

In March 2019, Ocean Infinity agreed terms for the acquisition of a 25% stake in Guardian Geomatics.