Unique Group Launches Two New USVs for Surveying Operations
Unique Group, global innovators in subsea technologies and engineering, has announced the launch of two Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs), the Uni-Mini and Uni-Max. The USV systems have been developed entirely in-house, designed for surveying operations and engineered to meet diverse operational needs across challenging environments.
The new addition of these USVs further enhances Unique Group’s USV fleet as the company can now provide clients with specific USVs ranging from small, medium and large sizes based on project applications. The Uni-Mini USV is an economical, compact and lightweight vehicle that can be effortlessly operated by just two people, ensuring quick and hassle-free deployment. It has been specifically engineered for shallow water surveys, offering an unprecedented level of convenience and versatility. With the ability to integrate seamlessly with a wide range of transducers and GPS systems, the Uni-Mini can execute various survey tasks with minimal effort and manpower.
The Uni-Max USV incorporates a Hybrid Power System, integrating a generator with a diesel tank and solar PV cells. This new addition significantly extends operational capabilities, enabling prolonged missions in remote or demanding terrains. This advanced USV is designed to allow surveying in locations and situations where deploying conventional platforms proves impracticable. Featuring two Torqeedo Cruise 6.0RS Engines with Hydraulic Steering, the Uni-Max ensures unparalleled performance and manoeuvrability.
Technical Overview of Unique Group's USV range. (Image credit: Unique Group)
Sahil Gandhi, CEO of Unique Group commented: “Our first mid-range USV, Uni-Pact, introduced in 2020, has gained global acclaim for its capabilities. The recent additions to our USV line-up, Uni-Mini and Uni-
Max, underscore Unique Group's commitment to providing cost-effective solutions. These vessels prioritize compactness, ease of use, and outstanding performance, reinforcing our dedication to offering solutions that enhance operational efficiency for our customers. I am particularly proud of Unique Group's achievements in R&D and in-house engineering, which have played a pivotal role in bringing these innovative vessels to the market."
Unique Group’s Uni-Mini USV has already made significant strides in the market, having been deployed on key projects in the Middle East for shallow water bathymetric surveying. In collaboration with a prominent EPC company, the Uni-Mini has delivered outstanding survey results, showcasing its efficiency and reliability in real-world applications.
As Unique Group celebrates its 30-year anniversary this year, this milestone is marked by increased Research and Development (R&D) efforts across all its divisions and multi-million-dollar CAPEX investments to further enhance its portfolio of survey equipment globally.