Mark Garnier MP, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, has opened a state-of-the-art Mission Control Centre developed by autonomous vessel technology developer, ASV Global, at its headquarters in Portchester, UK.

ASV Global Mission Control

ASV Global Mission Control

This new centre will be the hub for the company’s ongoing development of its ASView autonomous vessel control system. Not only will the centre be capable of operating and monitoring the company’s fleet of ‘ASVs’ all over the world using satellite communication links but will also be used for operator training and simulation exercises.

The centre has been partly funded under Innovate UK funding awarded to the company in 2015 under a project called ‘Unmanned Safe Maritime Operations Over The Horizon’ which tasked ASV Global’s team of autonomous system engineers to research and develop both the technology and the regulatory requirements of operating autonomous vessels over the horizon.

International Trade Minister, Mark Garnier, said “With world-renowned research institutions and leading innovative businesses the UK’s south coast really is a leading marine and maritime hub. ASV Global is at the heart of this. Their pioneering autonomous vessel technology showcases the very best of UK expertise. They already export to 10 countries demonstrating their leadership in this sector. A strong example of a successful UK exporter, I want more companies to follow their example and seize the global demand for UK goods and services.”

By Jake Frith