• 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.




2019 May 21

18:33 Maersk to charter 13 new feeder ships powered by conventional fuel from 2021
18:25 Long-term Wärtsilä service agreements support optimal performance for LNG Carriers
18:04 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Nisshin Shipping
17:48 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Apr'2019 climbed by 7% Y-o-Y to 6.65 million tonnes
17:25 Bunker prices still show no considerable changes at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
17:19 ABB to enable world’s first hydrogen-powered river vessel
17:04 Port of Zeebrugge sets new record with maiden call of OOCL United Kingdom
16:42 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard lays down Pioner-M, research ship of Project 25700
16:19 USCG host workshop to discuss safe operation of commercial passenger vessels
16:04 IMO issues additional guidance for sulphur 2020 implementation
15:33 UN agency pushes forward on shipping emissions reduction
15:19 Nevsky Shipyard delivers Nevsky Shipyard second vessel in a series of five dry cargo vessel of project RSD59
15:03 Panama Canal announces enhancements to its Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program
14:27 DSD sells its ferry and expressboat company Norled
14:06 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Apr’2019 grew by 5% Y-o-Y to 18.95 million tonnes
14:03 MOL and Weathernews release of FOCUS Project part I 'Fleet Viewer' application
13:44 Port of Hamburg posts Q1 2019 results
13:41 Czech and Polish officials visit the Port of Gdansk to promote trade between the countries
13:14 Multipurpose Reloading Complex boosts investments in environment protection 15 times to RUB 8 million
12:49 Port of Ust-Luga handled 35.55 million tonnes in 4M’19, up 8% Y-o-Y
12:25 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in Jan-Apr'2019 grew by 2% Y-o-Y to 19.67 million tonnes
12:02 IAPH Port Planning and Development Committee published a report “Autonomous Vehicles’ Impact on Port Infrastructure Requirements ”
11:28 Port of Kiel welcomes “Aidaprima” for its maiden call
11:00 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg allocated RUB 2.9 million for implementation of its social programme in 1Q’2019
10:11 Swan Hunter completes modular offshore grid cable storage load-in
09:56 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.31% to $72.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.43% to $63.48
09:27 Debmarine Namibia to invest in world’s first custom-built diamond recovery vessel
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,041 points
08:05 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 21

2019 May 20

18:35 First MAN dual-fuel, diesel-mechanical propulsion package bound for LNG-powered ferry
18:24 Peel Ports expands logistics services with acquisition
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
17:28 Less storm damage in the port of Rotterdam because of Windbreakers
17:14 HMM to launch new Corporate Identity
17:06 Access World Terminals expands premises and activities in North Sea Port
16:54 Arctic LNG 2 and TechnipFMC sign EPC Contract for LNG plant
16:31 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:05 Damen Shiprepair Brest completes rapid repairs to LNG Carrier Methane Princess
15:38 Scrubber washwater to be investigated
15:15 MEPC agrees on scrubber guidance
14:51 Finnlines’ Tapani Voionmaa elected to the BIMCO Board of Directors
14:26 Gazpromneft Marine Bunker’s sales in 1Q’19 grew by 25% YoY to 800,000 tonnes
14:02 Zeaborn places 100 ships with Verifavia Shipping & Korean Register for Inventory of Hazardous Material services
13:44 Ministry of Transport and Communication of Finland: Reforms related to ship safety nearing completion
13:23 IMO organized workshop for getting audit-ready in Cameroon
13:02 Wärtsilä and LUT University to collaborate on research for 100% renewable energy systems
12:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 19,363 in RF spot market
12:01 International shipping on track to meet 2030 CO2 reduction target following critical UN IMO meeting
11:45 SMS Towage calls on Damen for two ASD 2411 Tugs
11:34 Annual capacity of Russia’s Baltic ports can be increased by 32.5% to 478.9 million tonnes by 2025
11:12 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 8% Y-o-Y to 15.78 million tonnes
10:50 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-Apr’2019 fell by 1.1% Y-o-Y to 205.72 million tonnes
10:27 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) in Jan-Apr’19 remained flat at 178.59 million tonnes
10:05 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.27% to $73.13, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.18% to $63.66
09:46 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 7.6% to 5.99 million TEUs in Jan-Apr’2019
09:24 CLIA Conference and trade fair held in Southampton
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,040 points
08:59 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 20

2019 May 19

16:51 Hamburg Süd strengthens its product portfolio on the Europe–Central America, Caribbean and South America West Coast trade
15:47 CMA CGM to implement FAK rates for Asia to the Middle East Gulf, Asia to Pakistan / India / Sri Lanka trades