Sandpoint Hydrographic has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Marine Advanced Robotics, Inc. for a WAM-V 16 ASV.

Marine Advanced Robotics, Inc. is the designer and sole manufacturer of the WAM-V vessel class of agile ocean robots for maritime professionals. The WAM-V 16 is the middle-tier offering, designed for offshore and inshore applications. The modular system can be shipped air freight to a worksite anywhere in the world, then be deployed from a beach, a boat launch, or a workboat with minimal crew. Its payload capacity and all-day endurance make it well suited to survey operations. The versatile platform, now operating in 10 countries worldwide, has proven itself in real-world conditions with sonar systems from R2Sonic, Norbit, TeledyneReson, Kongsberg, and others.

2 Dredging Survey Perfomed by WAM V 16 COPYRIGHT 2019 MARINE ADVNACED ROBOTICS INCDredging Survey Performed by WAM-V 16. Copyright 2019 Marine Advanced Robotics Inc.

“We are honored that the WAM-V 16 ASV was chosen by Sandpoint Hydrographic," said Mark Gundersen, President & CEO, Marine Advanced Robotics, Inc. “We have enjoyed working with James Coleman on previous projects and the quality of his work and ability to handle complex projects is well known in the industry. We look forward to watching his business grow.”

Sandpoint Hydrographic delivers quality hydrographic survey services by combining the latest technologies with proven operational processes. Founder and President James Coleman said “The stability and seakeeping of the unmanned WAM-V platform allows us to collect superior data across a wide range of conditions, and the lease allows us to minimize capital expenditure and keep tight controls on operating expenses.”

The leasing contract is a part of the new RaaS (Robotics as a Service) offerings from Marine Advanced Robotics, designed to minimize barriers to entry and allow more industries to take advantage of the capabilities and efficiencies of unmanned robots in the marine sector. This WAM-V will be outfit by Sandpoint Hydrographic with a number of sensors to perform marine survey for bathymetry, dredging operations, oil-exploration, and related activities.

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