NORSAFE, the Norwegian lifeboat and fast boat manufacturer, has signed a deal with Kongsberg to design and develop unmanned vessels.
While Norsafe is best known for its life saving appliances, including fee fall lifeboats and lifeboat davits, it has a solid reputation as a manufacturer of high speed rescue and military craft.
These are not aimed at being unmanned rescue craft or lifeboats, but autonomous data collection platforms that are being built for military and commercial use and capable of being transported by road trailer or containerised on deck.
Ideal for military and commercial maritime use, Norsafe announced that the USV is being designed to be robust and durable with easy servicing and the flexibility to allow for fast equipment changeovers.
“Norsafe has used its years of experience and skill to design a vessel that is stable on the water with minimal vibration and optimised for low air disturbance under the hull,” the company said in its press release. “These features are essential in providing nominal disturbance to the sensitive sensor equipment on board”