Jan De Nul Group, a contractor for marine dredging and installation services, has ordered Maritime Robotic’s Mariner Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) as a first step towards unmanned and autonomous offshore research operations.
Named after the beluga whale, the vessel will sail under the Luxembourg flag and will be deployed in global hydrological and environmental research on offshore and offshore construction projects.
“By choosing an unmanned survey and choosing a Mariner Class USV, Jandenul is committed to improving safety and operational management during the survey, reducing carbon emissions, and acquiring more efficient data. “Yandenul said.
According to Jan De Nul, the Beluga 01 is equipped with a completely redundant hybrid propulsion system. The main source of propulsion is a diesel engine mechanically coupled to a water jet. Alternatively, the container can be operated in full electrical mode. Additional electric torqued propulsion installed parallel to the main propulsion allows the vessel to be steered in sensitive waters.
There is also a range extender module to replenish the battery that operates for 12 hours or more. The system emits less than the main engine, which can also be used as a battery alternator, the company said. Electric propulsion also acts as a redundancy for the main engine in the event of a failure and vice versa.
The Beluga 01 can operate at a maximum sea state of 5, but this usually prevents it from collecting useful survey data. The ship can survive up to state 7 of the sea. Beluga 01 requires only 80 cm of water to operate.
USV offers up to 50 hours of autonomy and has a redundant communication setup over a range of up to 30km.Easy to carry as it fits in a container
Mike RickeJan De Nul Group Offshore Project Research Manager: “We have been studying various autonomous systems over the last few years. Our main focus has always been to build expertise in maritime research operations autonomy. The 2020 global situation and mature USV market have taken us to the next step, allowing us to order turnkey vessels for offshore and offshore projects. For shipping operations and data acquisition. We have found the perfect partner at Maritime Robotics, a leading provider of innovative unmanned solutions. “
In other Yandenul related news, the company On Monday, he said a next-generation offshore jack-up vessel for offshore renewable energy and decommissioning was launched at the COSCO Shipping Shipyard in Nantong, China.
https://www.oedigital.com/news/493984-jan-de-nul-group-orders-usv-for-offshore-surveys Jan De Nul Group Orders USV for Offshore Survey