Unmanned endurance vessel developed

C-Worker 12P prototype ASV'S C-Worker 12P prototype can be used for subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring
Industry Database

An unmanned vessel featuring two moon pools for maximum sensor deployment and extended endurance missions has been developed.

Designed and manufactured by ASV, the 12.17m long C-Worker 12P prototype can be used to complete tasks such as subsea positioning, surveying and environmental monitoring without the need of a ship on station or sea-bed anchoring.

Converted from a manned craft, the prototype uses ASV’s ASView control system for direct, semi-autonomous or autonomous control.

With a weight of 14,500kg, the vessel uses two Olympic Azimuth Drives and can integrate a variety of payloads including multi-beam, USBL, CTD and ADCP.

It has a beam of 3.66m, draft of 1.17m and maximum speed of 10 knots, with the ability to operate for 20 days at 8 knots without interruption.

It will be used as a testbed as ASV looks to expand the C-Worker class of autonomous vessels and continue to develop over-the-horizon (OTH) capability.

The prototype entered service last month.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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