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Robotic Boat launched in Abu Dhabi this December

3rd December 2009 - 06:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


A 7m, unmanned surface vessel (USV) will be making its debut in the Middle East on December 8th in Abu Dhabi, demonstrating the latest technologies in the marine robotics field.

Earlier this year, Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing Co LLC, a young and fast growing local custom boat builder, teamed up with commercial and military marine robotics designer and builder, 5G Marine Systems, and HALO Maritime Defense Systems, a security systems specialists. This dynamic trio combined generations of expertise in making high quality boats and ground breaking robotic technology put together to develop integrated security systems to protect high value governmental and private assets.

As described by Mr. Robert Murphy, CEO of 5G Marine Systems “USVs provide a very efficient method of patrolling coastal and offshore waters,” he continued, “providing effective patrolling 24/7 using a manned operation is expensive in terms of the vessels themselves, crews, infrastructure, maintenance and fuel.

An unmanned solution using USVs offers a more effective solution for considerably less capital and running costs.”

The Interceptor is classed as an Unmanned Surface Vessel that can be operated remotely by trained experts, or as an autonomous, preprogrammed robot, and keeps humans out of harm’s way. It can collect and relay information back to a main control station, whether it’s within a visual range, or via satellite.

Needless to say the applications are numerous, and Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing, along with 5G Marine and HALO Maritime Defense Systems, have devised systems which exploit this state-of-the-art technology to its utmost potential, in addition to providing operators for data collection and training programs to compliment the systems.

Mr. Basel Shuhaiber, Managing Partner at Al Marakeb Boat Manufacturing explained “Not only are we launching the Interceptor at the boat show, we are introducing a technology that is manufactured closer to home. USV’s, security systems and pirate deterrents are capable of protecting Navies, ports, fuelling stations, oil rigs, waterfront properties and other highly-valued assets.

It’s an added convenience to all neighbouring countries to be able to purchase high-tech equipment and security solutions from a local supplier with maintenance and after-sales service practically only a phone call away.”

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