August 2015 - Marine Technology Reporter


Posted by Irina Tabakina

Unit 12 Murrills Estate
Portchester, Hampshire,
T: +44(0)23 9238 2573
E: [email protected]
CEO/President: Dan Hook   
No. of Employees: 60
Annual Sales: $6m


In the rapidly growing maritime autonomy market, ASV has established itself as the leading designer, manufacturer and operator of Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs) across the defense, oil and gas and science and survey industries. With a team of 60, ASV has supplied more than 70 unmanned systems in five years.    
As the market for Maritime Autonomous Surface Systems continues to grow, ASV remains at its forefront as one of the world’s leading Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) suppliers. With specialist expertise and experience in ASV concept design, build and commissioning, operation and maintenance, the company provides solutions to commercial, defense and scientific applications in the UK and across the globe.
ASV’s team of naval architects, mechanical, electrical and software engineers and robotics specialists have delivered solutions such as mine countermeasures (MCM) ASVs, marine target drones, long endurance survey catamarans, oil field services vehicles and station keeping buoys as well as sophisticated control systems.
The company culture of innovation and achievement leads ASV to participate in a range of unmanned maritime systems experiments and is involved in a variety of advanced autonomy development programs where the company provides both technology and demonstrator platforms.
ASV continuously works to develop autonomous technology through both internal R&D projects and external partnerships. In March 2015 it was announced that ASV, along with nine commercial and research partners, was awarded funding from government body Innovate UK to undertake in excess of £3million worth of R&D for Maritime Autonomous Systems.
ASV has continued its expansion into the market for science and research with the delivery of two further C-Enduro vehicles following the prototype build in 2014. Operations with the C-Enduro have so far included the integration of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) systems and ADCP.
Investigative work looking at using an ASV for oil and gas applications is continuing with the C-Worker 6. The first of its kind, this vehicle is designed to work offshore in oil field operations and has already completed subsea positioning, ADCP, acoustic modem and multi-beam survey operations.  ASV continues to develop ASVs for Mine Countermeasures (MCM), this includes the ongoing operation and maintenance of the Halcyon ASV for Thales UK.

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