Ocean Infinity launches unmanned survey vessel company

Houston-based subsea and data company Ocean Infinity has launched new company, Armada, to add 15 bespoke designed marine robots to its current fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles.

The company says each unmanned surface robot will serve a wide range of industries by being fully equipped to perform offshore data acquisition, intervention operations, and capable of remotely deploying a wide range of the latest sensors as well as AUVs and ROVs for visual and acoustic data acquisition.

Armada’s fleet will be controlled and operated by experienced mariners via satellite communications from onshore facilities in both Austin,Texas and Southampton in the UK.

Ocean Infinity says the vessels are currently under construction and it expects the fleet to be deployable by the end of 2020. Additionally, it claims the new approach produces up to 90% less CO2 than conventional survey vessels.

Oliver Plunkett, CEO for Ocean Infinity, commented: “We’ve been driven to innovate by a desire to further reduce our impact on the environment and the time people spend at sea. We have built an outstanding team who boast world leading expertise to take this next stage of our business forward for the benefit of our clients and all those who work with us. The launch of Armada re-confirms Ocean Infinity as the leading marine robotics and ocean data company in the world.”

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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