The next generation of Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV’s) the Accession Class from Unmanned Survey Solutions, has been given the green funding thanks to a grant from Marine-i, part-funded by European Regional Development Fund(ERDF).

USS has successfully introduced the Inception Class Mark 1 and Mark 2 USV’s to the survey market. Built by surveyors, for surveyors, these USV’s survey in shallow coastal or inland areas. The Accession Class next generation USV is a much larger vessel for use in the open ocean and is now about to become a reality thanks to Marine-I and ERDF.

James Williams, Director at USS said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and we’re delighted to receive support from the Marine-i Marine Challenge Fund to be able to develop our own Offshore Renewables class vessel. We’re now looking forward to working with project partners to finalize the Accession Class USV’ specifications.”

The 4.5m Accession Class USV will be a robust marine autonomous multi-role USV with integrated airborne drone capabilities.

Designed for use by the Offshore industries and with the ability to operate long endurance applications in the open ocean. It will work as a force multiplier with a mother vessel and will integrate increased payloads to provide the launch and recovery of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s).

USS Gets1Its applications will include:

  • Offshore Wind Farm seabed mapping using Multi Beam Echo Sounders
  • Offshore Wind Farm turbine inspections using a UAV launched and recovered from a USV
  • Enforcement activities by Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities using combined USV and UAV capabilities
  • Environmental mapping on intertidal areas using combined SONAR and laser payloads
  • Monitoring of marine mammals

USS are delighted to announce the start of the new Accession Class USV project and are now looking for project partners in Offshore Renewables to work with them to help guide specifications for the new vessel. Get in touch with James Williams at USS for more information.

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