ASV Global has started phase 2 of a multi-phased project with Shell aiming to develop an unmanned seismic energy source vessel as part of their Rapid Autonomous Marine 4D (RAM4D) source concept.
Upcoming trials for the project will include an extended at sea endurance test followed by full operational testing near ASV Global’s facilities in Broussard, LA.
Success of this phase 2 effort will eventually lead to an unmanned offshore seismic survey near the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
The autonomous surface vessel for this work, the C-Worker 12P prototype, is one of ASV Global’s largest unmanned vessels fitted to date: measuring just over 12m.
The optionally manned helm will feature two moon pools for maximum sensor deployment and extended endurance missions. The vessel is a converted manned craft which uses ASV’s proven ASView control system for unmanned operations.
The prototype vessel will be used as a testbed as ASV looks to expand the established C-Worker class of autonomous vessels.
Shell will be publishing a paper on this development at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Conference and Exhibition, September 24-27 in Houston.