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News: USV Cetus provides marine tech innovation

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The University of Plymouth recently took delivery of the UK-built C-Worker 4 Uncrewed Surface Vessel – USV Cetus. (Cetus being Greek for sea monster, and origin for cetacean). A key asset in the development and demonstration of satellite enabled offshore technologies, this cutting edge vessel was purchased under the European Regional Development Fund; Marine Business Technology Centre project, to provide fully funded marine tech innovation support to Devon based SMEs. It joins the University’s fleet of research vessels, unmatched in the UK, as the latest platform to apply the University’s world-leading marine teaching and research.

The human population depends on our ability to better harness and protect the resources of our oceans in a truly sustainable way. By providing industry with access to a commercial grade USV platform and expert to facilitate trial technologies offshore, this creates a step change in the capabiltiiy of the marine tech and space community in the South West.

USV Cetus will principally be deployed within Smart Sound Plymouth, Britain’s premier proving area for designing, testing and developing cutting edge products and services for the marine sector; ideally suited for building and supporting the next generation of advanced marine technologies.

At this exciting time for emerging marine technology, as the world recognises the growing need for space-enabled remotely operated products and services, the MBTC project is working with key stakeholders, including harbour and port authorities, to establish safe best practice… in practice. Chosen for its flexibility, USV Cetus is a blank canvas that will be continually reconfigured to fulfil a wide range of innovative R&D tasks in partnership with industry.

For further information and to access USV Cetus, please contact the University of Plymouth MBTC team via:  https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/esif-funded-projects/marine-business-tech

USV CETUS takes to the sea

New vessel confirms University’s place at the forefront of autonomous ocean science.CETUS – a C-Worker 4 unmanned surface vehicle developed by L3 ASV – will enable staff, students and local businesses to conduct innovative marine research within the Smart Sound Plymouth offshore proving area.The vessel is part-funded by the #ERDF as part of the University’s participation in the Marine Business Technology Centre project, a partnership led by Plymouth City Council (Official).Read more 👇https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/vessel-confirms-universitys-place-at-forefront-of-autonomous-ocean-science

Posted by University of Plymouth on Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Sharon Addinall
Centre Administrator
Sharon has worked within the health sector undertaking administration and management for the majority of her career and prior to joining the Centre, she ran her own business as an Editor for a local magazine.
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