Sea Machines Robotics Launches Its New Uncrewed Surface Vessel, SELKIE

SELKIE
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Sea Machines Robotics, a leading marine technology firm, has unveiled SELKIE, its latest unmanned surface vehicle (USV), which is set to transform various industries.

SELKIE offers an essential advancement in autonomous maritime technology.

Its applications include hydrographic surveys, offshore asset inspections, and investigations into environmental and security issues.

The first model, the SELKIE 7, has a 7-meter HDPE hull and is operated by Sea Machines flagship SM300 Autonomous Command and Control System.

This technology provides operators with cutting-edge autonomous capabilities, enabling seamless transitions between unmanned autonomous mode and human manual navigation.

SELKIE has been powered by a 12V battery with an overall capacity of 4.7kWh, enhanced by 1.5kWh from the engine alternator and 3.2kWh from an auxiliary diesel generator.

This power configuration enables the USV to go up to 500 nautical miles and have an endurance capacity of as much as fifteen days, consequently expanding operational possibilities for various applications.

SELKIE has an in-built storage capacity of 2 x 1.3 metres, making it ideal for long-distance logistics missions.

The vessel also has remotely functional deck hatches for deploying payloads such as uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) for inspection or surveillance at sea.

SELKIE has been described as “survey ready.” Its under-keel sonar mount, CTD winch, and adequate power and space for attaching customer devices make it suitable for various marine employment.

Michael G. Johnson, Founder and CEO of Sea Machines, expressed excitement about the launch, citing the company’s nine years of autonomous development and on-water experience behind SELKIE.

He highlighted the vessel’s ability to help commercial operators, researchers, and security organisations improve their operations by increasing efficiency and lowering expenses.

Starting this summer, SELKIE will be offered for purchase and charter.

Sea Machines intends to introduce new SELKIE models, including a SELKIE 9 and entirely electric and gasoline versions.

Reference: Sea Machines

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