Bourbon signs MOU on automated OSV prototype

Following further developments in its design, Hrönn will now be a mono-hulled vessel with a length of 37m (Rendering: Bourbon Offshore)

The planned prototype, named the Hrönn project, will be a light-duty, offshore utility ship to serve the offshore energy, hydrographic survey, scientific and offshore fish-farming industries. Development work will be carried out in cooperation with the project’s primary technology partner, Norwegian group Kongsberg. Bourbon will use its experience in building and operating a standardised fleet to provide detailed input to the development and design
of the Hrönn project. In the second phase of the project, Bourbon and ASL will join forces to search for finance for construction of the prototype. The Hrönn vessel will also be used to operate remote operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), operate as a support ship and standby vessel and will be able to provide fire fighting support to an offshore platform working in cooperation with manned vessels. ASL has been working on the original catamaran design of Hrönn since the project launch in November 2016. It has now been decided to move to a monohulled vessel of steel construction, to provide more payload capacity and greater flexibility.
The prototype’s sea trials will be carried out at Norway’s officially designated automated vessel test site in the Trondheim fjord and will be overseen by DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority.

 

 


 

French marine offshore services company Bourbon has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Automated Ships Ltd (ASL) to support the building of a new type of autonomous, fully automated vessel for offshore operations.

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