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UAVOS unmanned boat for remote refuelling

7th November 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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UAVOS has developed a towing USV capable of delivering a refuelling hose to land in hard-to-reach coastal areas.

Cable towing is currently carried out by manned boats, requiring ships to come close to the coastline. Due to strong waves, surf and other factors in many cases refuelling ships have to wait for favourable conditions before a mission can be completed.

The new unmanned solution has been developed as an alternative to manned boats. The system is based on a remodelled SeaDoo water scooter, integrated with a UAVOS automatic control system, a hermetic upper casing and a pneumatic gun with an inertia-free coil for the cable.

During operations, the unmanned system will hoist out from the ship's board in order to tow the cable to the shore, via which the fuel supply hose will be forwarded. The cable can be fired with a pneumatic gun and land via parachute at the appointed place. An on-shore team using a winch will pull the fuel hose by the cable and carry out the refueling. Freight delivery can be performed in the same way. After completing the mission, the unmanned boat will return to the ship and be brought aboard by the ship's crane beam.

UAVOS unmanned boat can be used for both special purpose services and companies that deliver cargo and fuel to remote and offshore locations on sea.

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