World´s first unmanned offshore vessel
25th Oct 2016
A Norwegian and UK co-operation will result in the world’s first fully-automated and unmanned vessel for offshore operations.
Owned by Automated Ships Ltd, built by Fjellstrand AS, supported by major industry partners including DNV GL and featuring the pinnacle in maritime technology integration by KONGSBERG, the Hrönn will be operational by 2018.
About the ship
Hrönn is a light-duty, offshore utility ship servicing the offshore energy, scientific/hydrographic and offshore fish-farming industries. Its intended uses include but are not limited to: Survey, ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) and AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) Launch & Recovery, light intermodal cargo delivery and delivery to offshore installations, and open-water fish farm support. The vessel can also be utilised as a standby vessel, able to provide firefighting support to an offshore platform working in cooperation with manned vessels. Automated Ships Ltd is currently in discussion with several end-users that will act as early-adopters and to establish a base-rate for operations and secure contracts for Hrönn offshore, in the near future.