• 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 July 16

09:52 CMA CGM's FAK rates for Asia to Red Sea trades
09:40 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in HI’18 up 1.7% Y-o-Y to 25.35 million tonnes
09:18 Port of Singapore throughput in HI’18 grew by 0.8% Y-o-Y to 312.79 million tonnes

2018 July 15

11:24 MAN Energy Solutions ready for SMM 2018
10:43 CMA CGM informs of FAK rates from the Indian Subcontinent to North Europe and the Mediterranean

2018 July 14

12:40 CMA CGM announces GRR for Far East to East Africa trade
11:41 ABP: Container terminal operation expansion to meet growing demand
10:14 Navtek selects Corvus Energy to provide battery for the world's first all-electric tug

2018 July 13

18:50 YILPORT Holding submits offer for Taranto Container Terminal concession
18:12 Metal Shark and ASV Global introduce “Sharktech” Autonomous Vessels
17:48 ABP: £2.7 million lock gate project secures future of Newport docks
17:16 Golar LNG Partners completed acquisition of equity interest in Golar Hilli, owner of FLNG Hilli Episeyo
16:48 Total closes acquisition of Engie’s upstream LNG business and becomes world No2 LNG player
16:36 Norwegian Cruise Line confirms options for two more Leonardo-class cruise ships
16:25 Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dmitry Kobylkin visited SCF headquarters
15:59 Upgraded vessels of Project 14200 started navigation on passenger routes in Ob-Irtysh basin
15:33 Draft law on closed zones for dry bulk cargo transshipment submitted to State Duma (document)
15:12 Wärtsilä signs a EUR 170 million scrubber deal
14:37 Draft law on development of cruise tourism in Russia’s Arctic and Far East submitted to State Duma
14:24 Weatherdock AG offers fishing sector a solution to support the fight against IUU
13:49 Damen supporting European shipbuilding with NAVAIS coordination
13:11 USCG postpones underwater assessment of WWII tanker Coimbra
12:40 A £2.7 million lock gate project secures future of Newport Docks
12:11 Hapag-Lloyd to apply season surcharge for NEC to WCSA trade
11:49 London will host 9th Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response Conference on 12-13 September 2018
11:27 Hapag-Lloyd's PSS for North Europe - Caribbean, Central America trade
11:03 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in 6M’18 up 9% Y-o-Y to 7.20 million tonnes
10:38 Brent Crude futures price down 0.24% to $74.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.07% to $70.38
10:24 Hapag-Lloyd to apply Peak Season Surcharge for North Europe - ECSA trade
10:00 Bunker prices are going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:36 Throughput of port Tallinn (Estonia) up 1.4% to 10.09 million tonnes in HI’18
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,632 points

2018 July 12

18:21 Port of Los Angeles partners with Port of Antwerp to host simultaneous int'l "Hackathon"
18:09 DP World reiterates Validity of Doraleh Container Terminal Concession and Exclusivity Rights
18:03 High volatility in global bunker market, expert says
17:59 Throughput of port Vyborg in 6M’18 up 28% Y-o-Y to 781,200 tonnes
17:36 Maersk Supply Service completes tow of semi-submersible
17:19 Hapag-Lloyd announces port call change of Mediterranean Canada Service (MCA)
17:10 Throughput of port Primorsk in 6M’18 down 15% Y-o-Y to 26.76 million tonnes
16:45 Zelenodolsk Plant Named After M. Gorky lays down yet another small-size missile ship of Project 21631 for RF Navy
16:23 Chevron Marine Lubricants receives NOLs from MAN for use of ACOM with Taro cylinder lubricants
16:17 Teekay Offshore Partners announces expiration, final results of tender offer for its senior notes due 2019
16:13 Port of Los Angeles signs friendship agreement with three Italian ports
15:50 Throughput of port Vysotsk in 6M’18 declined by 1% Y-o-Y to 9 million tonnes
15:24 Damen begins work on Marine Aggregate Dredger dredging system
15:00 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) down 0.6% to 277.7 million tonnes in HI’18
14:42 GTT secures a tank design order from SHI for a new LNGC
14:21 Throughput of port Ust-Luga in 6M’18 declined by 4% Y-o-Y to 49.10 million tonnes
13:58 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 14% to 29.73 million tonnes in 6M’18
13:33 Sergey Grechishnikov, Production Director of ZNT Yard will be appointed as Managing Director of the company
13:15 Damen delivers two of four ASD 3212 tugs to Smit Lamnalco
12:52 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard launches Pola Sofia,third dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 built for Pola Rise
12:31 BMT secures new CTV order from Njord Offshore
12:10 International organizations focus on protecting fishers’ lives through ratification of IMO’s Cape Town Agreement
11:29 Vigor delivers third Hydrus class 400 passenger ferry to WETA
11:02 Fuel oil prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:28 Brent Crude futures price up 1.8% to $78.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.68% to $70.86
10:06 BOURBON signs general waiver with lenders
09:50 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in 5M’18 up 1.6% Y-o-Y to 21.43 million tonnes
09:36 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 6M'18 up 10.3% Y-o-Y to 7.67 million tonnes (table)