One of the 12m SEA-KIT X-class USVs built for Fugro (Source: SEA-KIT)

Unmanned surface vessel gains LR certification

UK-based SEA-KIT has gained Unmanned Marine System (UMS) certification from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its new 12m-long X-class unmanned surface vessel, designed and built for geo-data specialist, Fugro. The Essex-based company is the first to receive the classification society’s new UMS certification.

LR’s Naval Centre of Expertise manager, Paul James, commented: “Lloyd’s Register has been working on the safety assurance of Unmanned Marine Systems since the launch of our UMS Code in 2017. Early on, we recognised the industry’s need for a cost-effective and robust method to demonstrate that unmanned novel and complex systems are safe. We are pleased to provide certification and safety assurance of SEA-KIT’s unmanned system.”

Ben Simpson, SEA-KIT chief executive, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the first to receive UMS certification from Lloyd’s Register and hope that this will be the first of many as we continue to push boundaries and set the highest standards in the development of safe, multi-mission USV platforms.”

Fugro’s Global Director Remote Inspection, Ivar de Josselin, described the certification as a “ground-breaking milestone”. He said: “It provides the framework needed to certify the safe design and build of our Blue Essence USV fleet. It will enable us, our clients and the flag states to achieve the ambitious net-zero targets that we have set. A world-first for the industry, it’s great to be able to contribute to the transformation of the maritime business in this way.”

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