International subsea rental equipment and solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has signed a multi-year rental agreement with Maritime Robotics, a leading provider of unmanned technology solutions.
Under the terms of the agreement, Ashtead Technology will be a rental partner for Maritime Robotic’s Otter Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) for high-quality maritime data acquisition.
The Otter is the smallest member of Maritime Robotic’s USV family with a footprint of only 200 x 108 x 81.5 cm and a weight of 55 kg. The Otter’s robust catamaran design and the tightly integrated survey sensors makes this system a cost-effective, turn-key solution for bathymetric surveys in sheltered waters.
Phil Middleton, Ashtead Technology’s Head of Survey & Robotics, said: “This investment marks our first step into the supply of autonomous technology solutions for unmanned offshore survey operations. Autonomy is a key enabler for risk reduction, cost efficiency and reduced environmental impact and at Ashtead Technology we endeavour to ensure that our portfolio of rental equipment continues to meet our customers’ current and future operational requirements.
“We are excited about developing our partnership with Maritime Robotics and look forward to seeing these systems performing well in the field for our customers.”
Kristoffer Fortun, Chief Sales Officer at Maritime Robotics, said: “This agreement reinforces our commitment to growth and the continued development of our autonomous data acquisition solutions. Ashtead Technology is a progressive business with a first-class reputation, and we are delighted to be working together to continue building momentum for our equipment globally.”