• 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 November 14

18:19 French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe inaugurates CEVA Logistics’ new headquarters in Marseille
18:00 Boosting handling of cargo bound for Arctic considered as strategic development vector of Murmansk Commercial Seaport
17:41 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 5.92 million tonnes of cargo in 10M'2019, down 5.1% Y-o-Y
17:20 Gasunie, EBN, Port of Amsterdam and Tata Steel work together on the development of a CCUS project in the North Sea Canal area
16:49 Hung Hua Construction of Taiwan orders third Fast Crew Supplier this year to support offshore wind ambitions
16:36 Main engines loaded onto second serial ship of PV22 project at Nevsky Shipyard
16:15 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
15:59 Yevgeny Savkin appointed as General Director of Novyie Kommunalnyie Tehnologii in Ust-Luga port
15:15 The ICS and ECSA call for immediate and effective intervention after yet another attack in the Gulf of Guinea
15:12 Restoration of 90 year old Amsterdam bridge by Niron Staal
14:43 Expert forecasts scrubbers to consume some 600,000 barrels of heavy fuel per day in 2020
14:14 Norway boosts IMO's GreenVoyage-2050 GHG project
13:32 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg invested RUB 630 million in development in 9M’19, up 53% YoY
13:11 MOL earns AIP for design of bow wind-shield, ultra-large containership
12:30 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Middle East Gulf
11:23 Aleksey Rykovanov appointed as General Director of Murmansk Commercial Seaport
11:01 Arista Shipping starts the path to smart shipping operations with an ocean data agreement with ABS
10:39 RF Government supports expansion of Murmansk Transport Hub capacity to 65 million tonnes by 2035
10:16 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 14
10:02 WesCom Signal and Rescue goes green at METSTRADE 2019
09:38 Three new Damen FCS Patrol vessels for SR Platforms achieve major milestones in a single week
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.58% to $62.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.72% to $57.53
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,365 points

2019 November 13

18:07 LR and Seabury Maritime partner to tackle OPEX and CAPEX challenges
17:55 Gasum acquires AGA’s Clean Energy business and Nauticor’s Marine Bunkering business from Linde AG
17:36 Rolls-Royce and luxury yacht manufacturer Sunseeker sign frame agreement for MTU engines
17:18 Next-generation controller platform ‘Triton’ successfully passes TAT in Japan using latest ME-engine control system
17:04 LNG market expectations will be framed at the 6th International LNG Congress
16:54 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-Oct’2019 fell by 21% Y-o-Y to 9.34 million tonnes
16:28 Throughput of port Vyborg in Jan-Oct’2019 fell by 35% Y-o-Y to 1 million tonnes
16:03 MSC Cruises christens MSC Grandiosa
15:29 Innovative solutions for remote inspection: RINA and Kiber team up
15:03 Klaveness to focus their Dry Bulk operator activity on the Panamax to Post-Panamax segment
14:57 Throughput of port Vysotsk in Jan-Oct'2019 climbed by 5% Y-o-Y to 16.15 million tonnes
14:16 HHLA reports 4% growth in container volume to 5.7 million TEUs, revenue up 8.3% to 1 bn euros in Jan-Sept, 2019
13:33 Throughput of port Primorsk in Jan-Oct’2019 grew by 17% Y-o-Y to 51.84 million tonnes
13:12 Ten ports in the Nordic Region agreed upon a declaration focusing on sustainable port management
13:12 Cargo traffic in Ob-Irtysh Basin slightly down to 7.7 million tonnes
12:49 Port of Ust-Luga handled 87.49 million tonnes of cargo in 10M’19, up 7% Y-o-Y
12:24 Throughput of Port St. Petersburg in 10M'2019 grew by 2% to 50.00 million tonnes
12:00 EIB agrees to provide EUR 140 million to support expansion and upgrading of the Port of Piraeus
11:57 MPC Capital acquires stake in tanker specialist Albis Shipping & Transport
11:33 Port of Southampton welcomes MSC Grandiosa on her UK launch
11:08 Net profit of Commercial Port of Vladivostok for 9M’19 totaled RUB 4.64 billion, up 38.7% YoY
10:17 Port of San Diego to add seven alternative fuel vehicles to its work fleet
10:16 Environmental legislation on maritime transport will be reformed – focus on waste management
09:50 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.37% to $61.83, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.33% to $56.61
09:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 13
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,354 points

2019 November 12

18:06 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from China to Middle East including Red Sea
17:51 Admiral Makarov SUMIS participates in the international investigative project on oil spill response
17:36 Black Bear Carbon announces Port of Rotterdam as preferred location for new rCB plant in The Netherlands
17:20 Throughput of Russian seaports in 10M'2019 grew by 3.2% to 701.6 million tonnes of cargo (detalization)
17:06 MODEC, Mitsui, MOL and Marubeni to proceed with the deepwater FPSO charter project for Búzios field of Brazilian offshore pre-salt oil field
17:05 Peninsula Petroleum Group says is ready for IMO 2020
16:38 Metrans receives the first of ten new Vectron locomotives
15:59 New Joint Guidelines from ICS and OCIMF to improve safety in polar waters
15:31 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet participates in exercised in the Sea of Japan