MTR 100: ASV

Posted by Irina Tabakina

Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV) Unit 6a Trafalgar Wharf, Portchester, Hampshire, UK PO6 4PX
T: +44(0)23 9238 2573
E:[email protected]
CEO: Dan Hook
Engineeering Director: Richard Daltry
Number of Employees: 40


The Case In just four years ASV has established itself as a leading supplier of unmanned marine systems, pushing the boundaries of autonomous technology. With a team of 40 people, ASV have designed and built more than 50 Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) which operate globally in the commercial and military sectors.

The Profile
Committed to building advanced, innovative unmanned marine systems, ASV has a team of naval architects, mechanical, software and electronics engineers who specialize in the design and development of Unmanned Surface Vehicles and sophisticated control systems. Products include marine target drones, mine countermeasure vehicles, long endurance survey catamarans, oil field services vehicles and station keeping buoys.
In 2014, ASV designed and built C-Enduro: a Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vehicle under a UK government funded Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). The world’s first unmanned oil and gas workboat was also designed and built at the Portchester facility as well as 12 marine target drones.
In 2014 ASV expanded its business into the U.S. with the creation of ASV LLC operating out of Houston, TX and Alexandria, VA.
Plans are already in place to expand the company’s UK site; ASV are due to relocate to a 24,000 sq. ft. facility in Portchester in summer 2014.

The Tech

In early 2014, ASV commissioned the long endurance USV, C-Enduro. The concept centers on a three-pillar energy solution enabling the vehicle to be deployed at sea for up to 90 days. The three elements comprise solar panels, wind turbine and a lightweight diesel generator, together providing 100W of continuous payload power. This environmentally friendly power structure creates a sustainable source of data collection over extended periods of time. C-Worker has been developed by ASV specifically as an unmanned oil and gas work boat. The first of its kind, the 6m vehicle is designed to conduct subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring without the need of a ship on station or seabed anchoring.
ASV is continuing to develop the mine countermeasures (MCM) vehicle, Halcyon, which was designed and built for Thales. The vehicle was specifically developed for mine hunting, sweeping and disposal. In addition, the company maintains a well-established portfolio of marine target drones in 3m, 6m, 9m and 13m.

(As published in the July/Aug 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter -

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