Vard wins order for new series of robotic ships

Written by Nick Blenkey

The order for six, 85-meter, optionally-crewed robotic vessels will take Ocean Infinitys remote vessel fleet to 23 vessels

Ocean Infinity, the Austin, Texas, company building an armada of robotic ships, has contracted Fincantieris Norwegian subsidiary Vard for the design and construction of a new series of six multipurpose offshore vessels, all of which will be operated from shore and will eventually utilize green ammonia as fuel.

The order for six, 85-meter, optionally-crewed robotic vessels will take Ocean Infinitys remote vessel fleet to 23 vesselsthe largest in the world.

Ocean Infinity, which specializes in seafloor analysis and oceanography, says that, with its services, control infrastructure and remote control center currently undergoing commissioning, transformational low-emission remote operations are becoming a closer reality for the global maritime industry.

This new contract between Ocean Infinity and Vard facilitates the next phase of joint development between the two companies, including Vards subsidiaries, Vard Design, Vard Electro and Seaonics.

These new 85 meter vessels will be optimized for inspection, maintenance and repair and light construction work to offer remote, ultra-low carbon services to the offshore energy market, said Richard Daltry, technical director surface technology at Ocean Infinity. Like the 78 meter series currently under construction, the new design continues to drive minimalized e....

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