New vessel order

Working in partnership with The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland (Marine Institute) SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics) has announced the development of a new multi-mission autonomous surface vessel (ASV).

The SR-Endurance 8.0, the latest model from SeaRobotics’ Endurance Class of ASVs, was designed to enhance the Marine Institute’s training and research program in ocean mapping, observation and characterization.

The eight-meter, self-righting ASV features a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system (allowing for a quieter operating mode needed for acoustic research), collision avoidance technology, GPS navigation, and customizable levels of autonomy based on the mission at hand.

It is equipped to handle a wide range of payloads and can be outfitted with a variety of interchangeable sensors and sonars, as well as being rated for operations in waves up to four meters high and Beaufort wind scale seven (near gale-force winds).