VIDEO: Autonomy enabled spill-response vessels by Sea Machines Robotics
As a part of its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics successfully demonstrated its SM300 autonomous systems in action on board a Marco skimmer boat during events held along the Portland, Maine, harbor in August 2019.
During the event, Sea Machines proved its ability to increase the safety, productivity, and predictability of response for marine oil-spill operations. The on-water demonstrations took place aboard the world’s first autonomous spill response vessel – a Vigor/Kvichak Marine Industries-built skimmer boat, owned by Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC) – before a live audience of MARAD, government, naval, international, environmental and industry representatives.
In this video, listen to the observations made by MARAD and MSRC representatives about the impact Sea Machines autonomous systems is having on the commercial marine spill-response industry.