• 2018 July 13 18:12

    Metal Shark and ASV Global introduce “Sharktech” Autonomous Vessels

    Louisiana, USA-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has joined forces with autonomous vessel technology developer ASV Global to introduce “Sharktech” Autonomous Vessels, the shipbuilding firm said in a press release.

    Metal Shark is now offering Sharktech autonomous technology on its entire portfolio of vessels, which range from 16’ to over 300’ in aluminum, steel, and composite. Sharktech autonomous vessels may be custom configured for military, law enforcement, fire rescue, and the full spectrum of applicable commercial markets.

    “The industry has watched and waited as autonomous technology has matured from its fledgling stages, and today we’re offering ASV Global’s fully proven autonomous capability on our entire model lineup,” said Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard. “We are demystifying and streamlining the process of autonomous technology integration by bringing this capability to market in turnkey form straight from the OEM. Check the box and get the option, on our full range of globally proven designs.”

    “As the world’s largest and most experienced unmanned vessel technology company, ASV Global is proud to partner with Metal Shark to bring our industry-leading ASView unmanned vessel control technology to market,” said Thomas Chance, CEO of ASV Global.  “The ASView control system offers multiple modes including unmanned operations, reduced manned operations, or conventional manned operations.  In addition, ASV Global can assist with mission payload and sensor integration, control, and remote supervision.”

    “Sharktech autonomous vessel technology opens up myriad opportunities for operators in all sectors,” said Mr. Allard. “Similar to how advancements in aviation technology reduced aircraft cockpit crews, Sharktech offers crew reduction at the flip of a switch. Sharktech is ideal for dangerous missions in remote or hostile environments, for endurance missions where it may be necessary for vessels to loiter in a holding pattern for extended periods, or for any mission simply undesirable for a human crew.”

    Beyond simple waypoint navigation or the execution of pre-programmed mission routes, Sharktech’s ASView onboard digital control system features dynamic collision avoidance with robust decision-making capability. Depending on configuration, the system considers data from multiple situational awareness inputs, including multiple radars, 360-degree daylight and thermal cameras, and AIS to safely identify and steer clear of stationary and moving obstacles.

    Sharktech’s ASView system allows for autonomous or remote operation of navigation and safety lighting, hailers and sirens, pumps, and other components. The system also supports the integration and autonomous or remote operation of a near-infinite range of specialized equipment, including fire pumps, monitors, and other fire-fighting equipment; hydrographic survey equipment; equipment for acoustic, oceanographic, or meteorological monitoring; and the full spectrum of FLIRs and other specialty cameras.

    “While autonomous technology is perhaps most commonly associated with military applications, its value to commercial operators cannot be overlooked,” said Mr. Allard. “Sharktech’s benefits for safety, crew reduction, endurance, and CONOPS flexibility are unprecedented in our industry, and we are only scratching the surface of its potential applications.”

    The vessel’s operations may be monitored from a mother ship via radio link, or from shore via satellite link. In the instance of lost primary and backup communications, the vessel will assume pre-programmed behavior, such as station-keeping. Other safety features include geo-fence tools, emergency-stop buttons, and the ability to switch from autonomous to manual control at any time.

    To showcase the new technology, Metal Shark and ASV Global are taking a Sharktech-equipped Metal Shark 38 Defiant patrol boat to the 2018 Multi Agency Craft Conference (MACC) in Baltimore, Maryland for demonstration on July 18th and 19th. The Sharktech demo vessel showcases multiple layers of autonomy, as it also carries a Shearwater aerial drone from Planck Aerosystems that may be launched, flown, and landed autonomously from the moving vessel thanks to an integrated navigation and guidance system.

    In order to rapidly meet anticipated demand, Metal Shark has pre-engineered its most popular models for Sharktech autonomous capability, and has also added Sharktech vessels to its Stock Boats program, which utilizes staged hulls and repurposes in-production units to drastically reduce lead times.

    “Depending on propulsion and desired equipment, we can currently deliver a fully-autonomous Sharktech-equipped 38 Defiant in as little as 60 days,” said Mr. Allard.

    Established in 1986, Gravois Aluminum Boats LLC, and its government/commercial boat entity Metal Shark are leading suppliers of custom aluminum, steel, and composite vessels from 16’ to over 300’ for defense, law enforcement, and commercial entities. Key customers include the United States Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Army, foreign militaries, law enforcement agencies, passenger vessel operators, pilot associations, fire departments, and customers from numerous commercial sectors worldwide. With three fully self-contained facilities in Alabama and Louisiana spanning over 75 total acres, Metal Shark employs a workforce of over 500 and produces over 200 vessels a year. www.metalsharkboats.com.

    ASV Global is the largest and most experienced actively powered autonomous vessel technology company in the world.  The company and its 150+ employees has delivered more than 100 unmanned systems worldwide supporting the defense, commercial, and scientific sectors.  ASView, ASV Global’s modular open-architecture software and hardware control system, has been in continuous development since 2008 and is optimized specifically for autonomous and remote control of unmanned vessels.  In addition to designing, building, and selling unmanned vessels, ASV Global converts existing manned vessels to optionally unmanned, leases unmanned vessels, integrates client payloads, and provides field support.




2018 August 21

18:28 JMS-designed RV Virginia is launched, to be delivered to VIMS
18:11 UCL Ports’ Multipurpose Reloading Complex invests heavily in development
18:02 Railway to Sabetta to be built on a concession basis, regional official says
17:24 Ukrainian seaports see a 2.5% decline in Jan-Jul cargo volumes, to 73.9 million tonnes
17:12 Equinor extends contract with Prosafe for Safe Boreas
16:16 M/V RK-19 drydocking and refit begins at Delo Group’s Aleksino Port Marina Shiprepair Yard
16:12 V.Group launches project ‘Embark’ to transform crewing
15:31 Team Tankers reports Q2 net income of $4.4 million
15:11 MOL announces additional investment in PKT Logistics Group, Malaysia
14:47 Kenia Port Authority takes delivery of new 75bp tugboat Eugene
14:31 GasLog inks new charter agreements, orders LNG carrier duo
13:38 All-Russian Aquarobotech 2018 marine robotics competition kicks off in Vladivostok
13:08 Fangcun Port in China to close effective 1st October 2018
13:02 Ministry of Natural Resources offers to set up the NSR development project office
12:24 Far East ports bunker prices open the week on a bearish note
12:08 CMA CGM announces PSS from Asia, India, the Middle East and America to Nigeria
11:21 OSCE mission barred from access to the Russian flagged tanker detained in Kherson port
11:13 Wärtsilä to build Smart Technology Hub, next-generation innovation and production centre in Finland
11:08 MSC slows ships to help protect whales in U.S. waters
10:41 Baltic Dry Index adds 4 pts to 1727 points
10:28 Port of Long Beach box volume rose 11.3% in Jan-Jul to 4.64 million TEUs
10:17 Crude oil futures gain slightly to $72.23 in London and to $65.53 in New York
10:08 HELCOM publishes report on sewage port reception facilities in the Baltic Sea
09:29 Port of Los Angeles seven-month container volumes down 2.59% to 5.14 million TEUs
09:08 Port of Long Beach approves Toyota's Green Terminal makeover
08:26 Crowley successfully supports Appomattox platform tow-out in the U.S. Gulf

2018 August 20

18:26 Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard delivers sixth serial oil barge BELMAX 6 of ROB20 design
18:06 Dan-Bunkering expands and merges with Australian company
17:36 Carbon Trust and Fistuca announce successful execution of offshore test of innovative new installation technology
17:26 Russian owners, operators stop shipping to Ukraine for fear of loosing cargo
17:09 ESL Shipping takes delivery of eco-friendly bulk carrier Haaga
17:05 Teekay LNG Partners mandates banks to arrange Fixed Income Investor Call
16:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
16:05 Royal Wagenborg's m.v. Nassauborg discharges timber in Alexandria
15:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
15:02 Maersk and Vopak to launch 0,5% sulphur fuel bunkering facility in Rotterdam
14:48 SHI awarded contract for LNG carrier duo from Celsius Tankers
14:23 Spot market price for Russian M100 product ended last week higher at an average of RUB 18,212 / pmt
13:21 Baltic Shipyard loads heavyweight propulsion units onto the 60MW LK-60 nuclear-powered icebreaker URAL
13:11 APL's Eagle Express Service delivers X-factor in Los Angeles
12:13 Golden Ocean Group to equip its 16 Capsize vessels with scrubbers
12:10 ANL to implement Operational Cost Recovery Surcharge in Chittagong Port
11:07 Port of Vyborg volumes in first seven months rose 28% to 970,000 tonnes
10:57 Golden Ocean announces Q2 2018 results
10:17 Crude oil futures prices edge down to $71.61 in London, in New York to $64.95
10:03 Port of Everett breaks ground on $36 mln South Terminal Wharf Modernization Project
10:03 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1723 points
09:57 Chinese Blockchain Company Yuanben to protect the safety of global maritime freight data
09:36 Box traffic at busiest Chinese ports in Jan-Jul rose 4.1% to 5.36 billion tons
09:28 Port of Hong Kong seven-month box volumes drop 4.4% to 11,5 million TEUs
08:44 Kongsberg Maritime wins contracts for nine hybrid Ro-Ro vessels

2018 August 19

08:19 CMA CGM announces GRR from UAE to East Africa
08:14 Maersk Line introduces Peak Season Surcharge – Scope World to Apapa, Nigeria and Tin Can Island Port, Nigeria
08:12 CMA CGM announces GRR from India to East Africa
08:07 Maersk Line increases rates from Middle East & Indian sub-continent to North America

2018 August 18

08:03 Port of Oakland to build Seaport Logistics Complex
08:00 CMA CGM announces PSS from Europe, Scandinavia, Black Sea and West Med to Indian Ocean islands
07:57 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
07:41 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S posts results for Q2 2018

2018 August 17

20:03 A system of floating containment booms installed near two jetties of Petersburg Oil Terminal