Norwegian company awarded ‘huge’ contract for ultra-low emission marine robots

Grovfjord Mek. Verksted (GMV) will build an Armada of large, cutting-edge robot ships for marine robotics company Ocean Infinity.

Established in 2017 in the USA, Ocean Infinity Ocean Infinity is building its initial fleet of up to 13 vessels capable of wholly robotic operations. Each robot ship can be equipped with remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), as well as a variety of other sensors or equipment, and will be remotely controlled from one of three global control centres in Austin, Texas, Southampton in England and a location in Asia still to be determined.

Located in Grovfjord in Sør-Troms, GMV is Norway’s largest manufacturer of aluminium work boats. The company has delivered 12 large offshore wind catamarans plus various other vessel types including the world’s first pure battery driven fish-farming vessel GMV Zero.

GMV has already started the construction of Ocean Infinity’s first four 21-metre-long autonomous vessels. The robots which are designed to be transported worldwide by airplanes have been specifically designed to include highly efficient propellers, engines, and batteries, to reduce the CO2 emissions during the operation.

In addition, GMV says it is nearing completion of the design work on 36-metre-long autonomous vessels, with the same advanced vessel technology as the 21-metre-long vessel, but with increased payload capability.

The vessels will be built according to DNV GL class and British flag. The first delivery is planned late this year, and the rest of the deliveries will take place in the period 2021-2023.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry