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Fathom.World autonomous shipping article: SEA-KIT's Sea Legs

Updated: Jun 11

Fathom.World's Brian Dixon reports:


The use of unmanned surface vehicles (USV) is on the up, with a new partnership between SEA-KIT and the University of Essex only set to further enhance the effectiveness of this burgeoning technology.


To many people outside the industry, the notion of USVs performing important maritime tasks on a day-to-day basis is still a distant concept. However, while the use of USVs is still in its infancy, it is nonetheless becoming an ever-greater reality, with this fast-developing technology showing considerable scope for growth. For instance, a newly published report from VynZ Research forecasts the global market for USVs to grow at a rate of 12.5% CAGR over the next five years, more than doubling in value from around $1.5bn in 2019 to just under $3.1bn by 2025. While the report’s authors identify defence sector applications as likely enjoying the lion’s share of this market expansion, they nonetheless identify environmental concerns and the correlating uptick in oceanographic research in particular as buoying commercial adoption.


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