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  • Writer's pictureVera Susanne Nilsen

Maritime Robotics is delivering their Autonomous Navigation System to Ørsted’s fleet of USVs

The Norwegian provider of Autonomous Navigation System (ANS) - Maritime Robotics announces their contract with Ørsted, making them the supplier and integrator of the built-in ANS for Ørsted’s first fleet of uncrewed surface vessels (USV).

Ørsted’s first USV Prototype
Ørsted’s first USV Prototype

A new class of USVs

In late June this year, Ørsted announced the first USV in the industry for offshore MetOcean measurements. The USV has already been deployed and tested in the area where one of the first Norwegian offshore wind projects will be built. The vessel has proven its ability to deliver valuable insights on wind and seabed conditions which means Ørsted can deliver the best possible offshore wind projects in collaboration with its Norwegian partners. The success of the first USV has resulted in the serial development of a new class of USVs that will include incorporated learnings from the prototype. As a continuation of the successful collaboration on the first USV, will the new class of USVs be built by Tuco Marine Group and the Autonomous Navigation System delivered by Maritime Robotics.

“This official recognition of our years of cooperation fills us with delight. This significant milestone highlights our shared commitment to innovation and excellence within the maritime industry. Through our collaborative efforts, we have harnessed cutting-edge technologies and leveraged our expertise to create a remarkable platform that will revolutionise offshore operations. Ørsted's utilisation of USV technology represents a major leap forward, enabling more efficient and sustainable solutions in the renewable energy sector.” Eirik Hovstein, Chief of Business Development.

Eirik Hovstein, Maritime Robotics (left) and Frederik Søndergaard Hansen, Ørsted (right) shaking hands at the Maritime Robotics office in Trondheim.
Eirik Hovstein, Maritime Robotics (left) and Frederik Søndergaard Hansen, Ørsted (right).

Broadened operational capabilities

The USVs, like the first USV prototype, are designed for continuous operation in the harshest offshore conditions for a year at a time. However, the new class will have broadened operational capabilities that include deep-water operations for future floating wind farms. The built-in autonomous navigation system enables the MetOcean USV to transit from shore at various levels of autonomy, offering several advantages over conventional solutions that rely on large specialised support vessels. Moving the control and navigation to an in-line-of-sight or beyond-line-of-sight remote control centre removes the risk for offshore technicians whilst significantly reducing overall carbon emissions.

”Norway has a strong supplier base, ranging from heavy industry to high-tech, and Ørsted is working closely with a number of Norwegian suppliers to harvest the power of offshore wind, both in Norway and internationally. Maritime Robotics is a great example of how Norwegian companies can benefit from the build-out of offshore wind and deliver real innovation and value to the projects we’re developing with our Norwegian partners in Hafslund and Fred. Olsen Seawind.” says Sebastian Hald Buhl, Ørsted’s country manager for Norway.

Ørsted visiting Maritime Robotics in Trondheim. In addition to the autonomous navigation system, Maritime Robotics has delivered an Otter USV to Ørsted, presented here on the trolley in front of the group. The hardware on the left is part of the delivery of the Autonomous Navigation System.
Ørsted visiting Maritime Robotics. In addition to the Autonomous Navigation System (hardware on the left), Maritime Robotics has delivered an Otter USV to Ørsted, presented at the front.


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Vera Susanne Nilsen

Marketing & Communication Lead

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About Maritime Robotics

Maritime Robotics is a leading supplier of autonomous navigation systems and uncrewed platforms, enabling ocean space access through autonomy. The company delivers innovative solutions world-wide, facilitating safe and cost-effective ocean operations that significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

Since 2005, Maritime Robotics has been developing and supplying autonomous and remotely operated systems and platforms for ocean operations including marine mapping and surveying, met-ocean data acquisition, harbor security, research, and ROV-support to global industry professionals. The company is in Trondheim and Vanvikan, where an experienced team with access to every aspect of the supply chain, is ensuring global success.

About Ørsted A/S

The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, constructs, and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage facilities, renewable hydrogen and green fuels facilities, and bioenergy plants. Ørsted is recognised on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action and was the first energy company in the world to have its science-based net-zero emissions target validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs approx. 8,000 people. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2022, the group's revenue was DKK 132.3 billion (EUR 17.8 billion).

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