The new water tank cleaning system provides operators with new levels of safety and efficiency.

STUART, Florida. – SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) has announced the successful delivery of a TankBUG Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system. Designed and constructed in its new high-specification manufacturing facility, the SeaRobotics TankBUG will now serve a leading water tank cleaning corporation in its efforts to provide safe and cost-efficient methods for removing sediments and debris from water storage facilities and reservoirs.

The TankBUG ROV system design consists of a vehicle deployed and operated within water storage tanks for sediment removal and inspection on the tank floor. A gas powered pump, separate from the vehicle and outside of the tank, creates the required flow and suction at the vehicle vacuum head transporting sediment out of the tank. Nimble and lightweight, the TankBUG can reach a water depth of 120 feet (36.6 meters) and can produce a suction flow of 100 gallons/minute (379 liters/minute) utilizing an umbilical and hose that is 250 feet (76.2 meters) in length.

As safety takes the forefront in confined space operations, the TankBUG represents a growing initiative to help provide the water tank cleaning marketplace with a viable approach for reducing and mitigating human risk in the industry. While human diver operations require a number of precautions like dual tethers and redundant air supply systems, the TankBUG ROV system can be deployed rapidly without these measures and still safely function.

With the need for workplace safety growing every day, SeaRobotics is positioned to meet the increased demand. “The delivery of our first TankBUG is a great example of our ability to adapt our robotic marine products to new and diverse applications. The TankBUG water tank cleaning product evolved from our HullBUG product line developed for the ship hull cleaning market. The TankBUG will provide exceptional service in the water tank cleaning market, including potable water storage, as well as in a diverse array of process water storage applications,” said Don Darling, President of SeaRobotics.

STUART, Florida. – SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) announced the delivery of two USV 4.0, bathymetric, autonomous 4 meter unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to the Chinese market. The systems were sold and delivered through LinkOcean Technologies Ltd., SeaRobotics’ exclusive representative in China. The units will be used by two prestigious oceanographic institutions, The First Institute of Oceanography in Qingdao, and The Second Institute of Oceanography in Hangzhou to perform bathymetric surveys.

These recent orders leverage SeaRobotics extensive expertise and history delivering USVs for high precision bathymetry, water quality analysis, and hydrographic survey, as well as mine countermeasures, surveillance, targeting, and many other applications. The vehicles were delivered with fully integrated R2Sonic multi-beam echo-sounders, motion reference units, GPS systems, and sound velocity probes, with software from HYPACK to provide a complete autonomous unmanned, high precision, bathymetric survey system.

“The USVs will be used in estuaries and in the coastal zone for bathymetric survey. Dr. Ju Jun from The First Institute of Oceanography, and Dr. Lai Xianghua at the Second Institute of Oceanography, have declared they are very pleased with the performance of the systems,” stated Shuren Qin, President of Link Ocean Technologies.

“We couldn’t be happier with the performance of the systems, as well as the support we have received from Shuren and his team at LinkOcean Technologies who helped develop the initial specification, and supported us during the delivery, training and early operational phases of these systems,” stated Don Darling, President of SeaRobotics.

A dynamic array of sensors for NC State’s Center for Marine Science and Technology (CMAST) will aid in valuable data collection.

STUART, Florida. – SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) has delivered the USV 2.5, an autonomous 2.5 meter unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to the Center for Marine Science and Technology at North Carolina State University. The USV, built by SeaRobotics, was funded by an award from the National Science Foundation’s Marine Lab Facilities Program. Given the diverse capabilities of the USV, it will be utilized as both an experiential-based teaching tool and to conduct basic and applied research in lake, river, estuary and costal environments.

The USV 2.5 is equipped with an extensive suite of scientific instrumentation that will provide users with a wide variety of data. This instrumentation includes side-scanning and bathymetric sonars, a high-frequency sub-bottom seismic system, an acoustic Doppler current profiler, and sensors that record the temperature and conductivity of the waters being surveyed. In addition, the USV 2.5 measures the concentration of Chlorophyll-a and dissolved organic matter in surface waters.

This system leverages SeaRobotics’ extensive expertise and history delivering USVs for high precision bathymetry, water quality analysis, hydrographic survey, and many other applications. The USV was delivered with a fully integrated Edgetech 6205 multi-beam echo-sounder, motion reference unit, dual antenna RTK GPS, sound velocity probe, and HYPACK software.

“For a 2.5 meter USV, the system offers a broad range instrumentation, with the flexibility to swap sensing payloads based on the demands of the mission,” stated Don Darling, President of SeaRobotics Corporation.

“The USV will be used for seabed and water column mapping critical to an improved understanding of various marine and aquatic processes, including ecosystems dynamics, water quality, and shoreline stability,” stated Del Bohnenstiehl, principal investigator on the NSF project. Del Bohnenstiehl further stated, “The interdisciplinary toolkit provided by this platform is unique within the academic community and additional commercial off-the-shelf sensors, including water-samplers, spectrometers and passive acoustic arrays can be integrated as needed.”

These first vehicles will provide a baseline for extensive use of USVs

SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) has delivered two complete autonomous 2.5‑m unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to a government hydrographic service. These USVs, built by SeaRobotics, are complete hydrographic systems, including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, a cast winch, deployment carts, and road trailers.

This contract reinforces the commitment government and commercial entities are making to take unmanned surface vehicles out of the laboratory and research environment and integrate them into the world of professional surveyors. The efficiency and cost effectiveness of each application will be reviewed, and a profile of high-productivity, cost-reducing activities will be developed. Both traditional survey tasks and previously denied areas that remain unsurveyed will be evaluated.

This system leverages SeaRobotics’ extensive expertise and history delivering USVs for high-precision bathymetric surveys, water quality analysis, hydrographic surveys, and many other applications. The USV was delivered with a fully integrated R2Sonic multi-beam echo sounder, integrated motion reference unit and dual antenna RTK GPS, surface sound velocity probe, and a cast winch with deployable CTD—all tightly integrated with HYPACK software.

“The 2.5-m USV is one of the smallest systems capable of practical, general purpose MBES deployment,” stated Don Darling, president of SeaRobotics Corporation. “The USV will be used extensively for waterways, estuaries, and coastal bathymetric surveys,” further explained Geoff Douglass, USV development manager at SeaRobotics.

SeaRobotics Corporation, headquartered in Stuart, Florida, specializes in small, smart vessels that are remotely or autonomously operated. Its clients include major military and commercial organizations, both U.S. and foreign. SeaRobotics’ seasoned marine survey software interfaces with most data acquisition hardware, software, and sensing systems to produce multi-spectral, DGPS-stamped data for survey, research, or surveillance efforts. Applications for SeaRobotics vessels range from bathymetric and hydrographic surveys to coastal, harbor, and riverine surveillance. Many SeaRobotics vessels are small, modular, and man-portable, allowing rapid deployment in remote areas or deployment by larger vessels, and its command and control systems are user-friendly and compact, allowing backpack mobilization.

SeaRobotics is pleased to announce that 4D Ocean has been selected as its reseller for Northern Europe.

As a leading company in the use of autonomous systems, 4D Ocean will provide sales and support for SeaRobotics’ autonomous surface vessels (ASVs) to survey companies, scientific research organizations, ports, offshore energy companies and mapping agencies. This also extends to a broad range of survey and scientific equipment which can be installed onto the ASVs. Full training on the vessel, sonar equipment, and software will also be provided by 4D Ocean.

Don Darling, President of SeaRobotics commented, “We are excited to have a close and experienced partner in Europe to help us expand the business and to support our growing customer base in Northern Europe.”

“4D Ocean undertook a detailed analysis of the different ASV suppliers when choosing an ASV and SeaRobotics was, without doubt, the most advanced”, commented Duncan Mallace, 4D Ocean’s Managing Director. “It is therefore very exciting to become the North European reseller for their products and we look forward to fulfilling an autonomous vision with SeaRobotics and our European partners.”

4D Ocean is a newly formed company specializing in autonomous survey solutions based in Banbury, UK. 4D Ocean has over 25 years of seabed mapping experience and is recognized as being a ground breaking company when it comes to technology. NetSurvey, 4D Ocean founder Duncan Mallace’s previous company, has helped push the boundaries of multibeam technology from its infancy to the defacto tool for seabed mapping that it is today. 4D Ocean aims to make autonomous survey the common method of conducting seabed and oceanographic surveys.

SeaRobotics has wide-ranging experience in maritime unmanned systems including ROVs, AUVs, USVs and the integration of various sophisticated sensing subsystems. We offer expertise in a broad range of engineering disciplines along with extensive field support and training in order to provide a foundation upon which to build game changing solutions for our clients.

SeaRobotics specializes in smart vessels that are remotely or autonomously-operated. Our products serve major military and commercial organizations across the globe. SeaRobotics’ seasoned marine survey software interfaces with most data acquisition hardware, software, and sensing systems.