Robosys unveils new subsea solution and wins Advanced Swimmer Delivery Vehicles contract


The UK maritime innovator, Robosys Automation, has unveiled its new subsea advanced navigation and vessel control solution following its announcement that the business has secured a significant contract with an undisclosed international customer for a fleet of Swimmer Delivery Vehicles.

The first-in-class Advanced Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (ASDVs) will feature Robosys’ Voyager AI-supported advanced navigation and vessel control systems, enabling critical navigational and enhanced decision-aided support to the crew.

The ASDVs will safely and comfortably enable dive units to be transported to and from remote and challenging locations. Operating in three modes, surface, semi-submerged and submerged, initially the ASDVs will be crewed, with decision-aided navigational support.

Following completion of their initial project, the ASDVs will be upgraded in a phased roll-out to feature an autonomous mode allowing autonomous self-navigation, a return to base and loiter facility whether operating on the surface or subsea.

Once the ASDVs are upgraded they will be able to be remotely operated and monitored from a mothership, Ground Control Centre (GCC), or from a Remote Operation Centre (ROC).

Voyager AI is a world-leading maritime artificial intelligence (AI) software both developed and supplied by Robosys Automation. Operators benefit from decision-aided autonomous operations with collision and obstacle avoidance as well as anti-grounding enabling safe passage, combined with AI reasoning, being crucial when operating in challenging subsea and surface waterborne environments.

Aditya Nawab, CEO of Robosys Automation, which is headquartered at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK comments, “We are delighted to unveil Robosys’ new subsea autonomous navigation and vessel control solution. Robosys is already regarded as a leader in its advanced maritime autonomy provision to surface vessels of all types and sizes, therefore it was only natural to provide subsea solutions when further developing Voyager AI. It is an exciting time, whilst also reassuring to know that we are helping to support safer and smarter (and cleaner) seas.”

The new first-in-class fleet of Advanced Swimmer Delivery Vehicles will be launched in Spring 2025.

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Since 2012, Robosys Automation has been regarded as the world leader in maritime autonomy and smart shipping applications, delivering pioneering and intelligent navigation solutions to crewed, lean-crewed and autonomous vessels, USVs and ships, from 3m to 320m.

Headquartered at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre with offices in India, USA and Canada, Robosys’ solutions are proven and boast full IMO Degree 4 Maritime Autonomy capability.

Robosys has two decades of experience in developing and supporting AI maritime autonomy and smart shipping solutions with its platform, propulsion, and sensor-agnostic software; for both operational purposes, and for training simulation in synthetic environments.

Robosys’ solutions include its ground-breaking VOYAGER AI software which transforms any motorised vessel into a fully autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV); which features independent navigation, collision and obstacle avoidance, anti-grounding and dynamic route optimisation.

In addition, Robosys offers numerous options to complement VOYAGER AI, including COLREGS-compliant Collision Avoidance Decision Aid (CADA) applications, to enhance the safety in the support of crewed and lean crewed watchkeepers. Other options include Voyager Platform Control providing Remote Steering, Engine Control and Propulsion Control, together with Voyager Platform Management, providing Alarm Monitoring, together with Switch & Relay Controlling.

Applications are used in vessels undertaking surveying, pilotage, defence, bulk, short sea, search and rescue, and research operations.

Robosys’ international partners include the Australian Maritime College (AMC Search), Maritime Research Institute of Netherlands (MARIN) and the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre (MRIC) at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

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Following Robosys Automation’s simulated and worldwide live testing spanning from Canada though the USA, UK, Europe, ME, India to Australia, from its UK headquarters at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre, combined with customer data, Voyager AI boasts improved collision avoidance, and enhanced unique twinning to vessel operational characteristics and mission profile.

New and improved collision avoidance algorithms have been devised through extensive utilisation of simulation software combined with real-time challenges. Multi-vessel avoidance manoeuvre scenarios have also been tested and further enhanced, with Voyager AI featuring improved Explainable collision regulations’ (COLREGs) compliance.

In addition, the Loss of Communications (LoC) function is now a licensable feature of Voyager AI, providing peace of mind to operators by enabling mission continuity in the event of a breakdown in communications.

Furthermore, improved vessel track and dynamic navigational path changes are made in accordance with a vessels’ specific manoeuvrability and its other performance characteristics, which results in a manoeuvring path matched to that vessel’s characteristics.

Navigational paths are now set and validated according to user-selected chart parameters, Voyager AI can now be swiftly tuned according to the specific vessel operating area, such as ocean, coastal, inshore waters, or in harbour.

An exciting addition to Voyager AI has been the addition of an integrated Remote & Autonomous Platform Alarm, Monitoring & Control System (AMCS) tailored by Robosys to provide full support for USVs.

Voyager AI now also integrates and controls multiple ship’s hardware, including vessel systems, switches, relays and monitoring systems and alarms. This can range from deck and hull sensors, through to creating an auto-response to initiate an automatic fire extinguisher thanks to tailored pre-set values.

Key to platform integration is the alignment of payload control with vessel control systems and thus Voyager’s AMCS now integrates payload control and the vessel’s performance for seamless USV maritime operations which is specifically aligned to best suit the mission.


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Main image caption: Robosys has announced new subsea vessel offering which will be used in first-in-class advanced swimmer delivery vehicles

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