Marakeb Technologies deliver autonomous tech for offshore vessel
UAE-based Marakeb Technologies has undertaken an Unmanned Surface Vessel project for global offshore solutions provider, Unique Group.
The project involves equipping a 16ft work vessel to operate autonomously using Marakeb’s patented device, the MAP Pro.
Not to be confused with remote control, which involves live steering of a boat from a distance, autonomous operations involve programming routes and instructions for the vessel to navigate a certain scenario on its own, including a path layout, programmable speeds, obstacle warnings, failsafe protocols and live data relay from all sensors on the vessel back to a ground control station.
“Unique Group’s Uni-Cat, equipped with the MAP Pro Autonomy System, allows for autonomous hydrographic survey operations utilizing various payloads suitable for search and recovery, oceanography and monitoring as well as inspection surveys,” says Bud Peppe, chief of engineering for Marakeb Technologies.
“Providing autonomous services and technologies to companies such as Unique Group are exactly why we developed the MAP Pro,” he adds. “Whether the client has a vessel currently in their inventory or wants to design their own purpose-built USV, the MAP Pro System’s ease of installation, integration and configuration make it ideal for implementing into a customer’s platform at any time during the project timeline.”
The vessel and system are a kit-of-parts that are easy to disassemble and transport for reassembly and operation in different locations around the GCC.
Furthermore, the long-lasting battery capacity along with its autonomous capabilities allow for uninterrupted work shifts resulting in efficient and low cost operations.