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Sea Machines Robotics  

Boston,  MA 
United States
http://www.sea-machines.com
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Sea Machines is the leader in pioneering autonomous control and advanced perception systems for the marine industries. Founded in 2015, the company builds autonomous-command and advanced perception vessel software and systems, which increases the safety, efficiency and performance of ships, workboats and commercial vessels.


 Press Releases

  • Investment Bolstered by Partnership with Huntington Ingalls

    (BOSTON; July 22, 2020) – Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous systems for ocean-going vessels and workboats, announced today that it has closed a new $15 million financing round with significant participation by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services. This investment in Sea Machines marks one of the largest venture rounds for an advanced technology company serving the marine and maritime industries.

    The strategic investment and associated partnership with HII will accelerate the deployment of self-piloting technologies in the rising market of unmanned naval boats and ships and is a continuation of HII’s expansion in the rapidly growing autonomous and unmanned maritime systems industry. 

    “This reinforces Sea Machines’ position as the leading developer of autonomous navigation and wireless vessel control systems,” said Michael G. Johnson, CEO, Sea Machines. “Our ability to secure significant financing during a challenging economic environment is an indicator of investors’ confidence in our ability to reshape and retool the marine industries with modern-day, advanced technologies. And being selected as technology partner by HII, a leader in every right, further affirms our course in product and market approach.”

    “This investment represents our commitment to advanced innovation and competencies across the unmanned systems market,” said Andy Green, executive vice president and president of technical solutions, HII. “Sea Machines is making significant strides in the unmanned surface vessel (USV) industry. We want to invest in their growth and continue to form complementary partnerships across this key domain.”

    Sea Machines’ autonomous systems serve the modern mariner. They markedly increase productivity of vessel operations by assuming active domain perception and navigation duties. A Sea Machines system works under the command of a human operator and, by taking on the long duration and often repetitive control duties, it boosts the predictability and precision of operations while lowering the risk of fatigue-related incidents. The technology also enables new capabilities on water, such as the onshore command of remote offshore vessels. 

    “We are entering a phase of growth and universal interest like what was witnessed in the self-driving automotive space starting five years ago, but the difference being that marine self-piloting systems are already operationally deployed. We expect to see broad adoption of autonomous technology on water ahead of that on roads,” said Johnson.

    Since launching its first family of products in late 2018, Sea Machines has deployed systems on vessels serving a multitude of sectors. From large cargo vessels (such as the previously disclosed program with A.P. Moller-Maersk) to U.S.-flag ATBs and data-collecting survey boats, oil-spill response craft, search-and-rescue (SAR), patrol and crew transfer vessels. Sea Machines systems are now operating in four of the world’s eight geographical regions and this reach is enabled through a dealer-partner program with established marine electronics integrators.  

    This investment round was led by Accomplice with further participation by Toyota AI VenturesBrunswick Corp. (through investment partner TechNexus), Geekdom FundNextGen Venture PartnersEniac VCLaunchCapital and others. 

    “Five percent of global GDP is directly fueled by the marine economy and the industry is poised for technology innovation,” said Ryan Moore, partner, Accomplice. “Michael and the Sea Machines team have achieved significant progress and this financing underscores our strong position.”

    About Sea Machines
    Headquartered in the global tech hub of Boston and operating globally, Sea Machines is the leader in pioneering autonomous control and advanced perception systems for the marine industries. Founded in 2015, the company builds autonomous vessel software and systems, which increases the safety, efficiency and performance of ships, workboats and commercial vessels. Learn more about Sea Machines at www.sea-machines.com.   

    Huntington Ingalls Industries
    Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, nuclear and environmental services, and fleet sustainment. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 42,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: www.huntingtoningalls.com.

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  • Sea Machines continues to expand globally with the recent addition of a new office in Esbjerg, Denmark. This third company location is strategically located near the Port of Esbjerg and provides close proximity to many of the company’s key clients. The Denmark team is now responsible for the sales and support of Sea Machines’ autonomous command and advanced perception marine systems for commercial ships and vessels.

    Other Sea Machines locations include the company’s headquarters in Boston, Mass., USA, and its Hamburg, Germany, office.

    Contact our Denmark team, as follows:

    Sea Machines Robotics ApS
    Dokken 16b
    DK-6700 Esbjerg, Denmark
    +45 49 40 98 9

  • Initial Mission Will Measure Challenging Portions of the Dutch Wadden Sea

    (AMSTERDAM; May 7, 2020) – U.S.-based Sea Machines Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous command and advanced perception systems, announced today that Amsterdam-based Deep BV will upgrade one of its survey vessels with a Sea Machines SM300 autonomous control system. The Sea Machines system enables remote command of the vessel, including navigation and positioning, the control of on-board auxiliaries and sensors, and ship-to-shore data flow. The vessel, operating in multiple areas of the Wadden Sea, will be commanded by personnel in the Amsterdam office. 

    The SM300 autonomy system offers a new world of operational productivity and capability, bringing 21st century task optimization to the marine sectors. Sea Machines reduces and eliminates a number of inefficiencies that have too long been accepted as standard. The technology enhances the value of vessel operations by:

    • Shifting full-mission vessel control effort from manual to autonomy system;
    • Enabling personnel to focus less on recurring and repetitive tasks, and more on value advantages;
    • Reshaping the conventional 1:1 relationship between a survey crew and vessel;
    • Dynamically interfacing navigational control with survey software;
    • Improving vessel tracking precision over planned lines; and
    • Enhancing project planning with predicted on-water mission characteristics.

    This Sea Machines system can be installed on new or existing vessels, allowing a fleet manager to leverage state-of-the-art technology without requiring the added expense and time consumed by purchasing a new vessel. 

    With the SM300, surveyors can remotely monitor and command multiple autonomous vessels from a shipboard or shore-based center located anywhere with network connectivity. This remote capability increases operational health and safety by reducing or removing high-risk activities generally associated with crew working aboard small survey craft in dynamic marine environments. By breaking the 1:1 crew-to-vessel relationship, companies can better utilize their technical experts across multiple concurrent projects. 

    Deep will initially deploy the Sea Machines-enabled vessel for a mission to survey the Wadden Sea, a challenging shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands located north of The Netherlands. With no surveyors on board the vessel for this project, Deep operators will command and control the autonomous vessel and all on-board payloads (including survey sonars, hydrophones, winches, cranes and davits) from its shoreside Survey Control Room, which has been equipped to facilitate several multi-beam surveys simultaneously. Deep will then transfer all collected data from the vessel to the control room via 4G and satellite connection. The combination of Sea Machines’ technology and the Survey Control Room will enable Deep to transition from minimally manned missions to unmanned missions in the near future.

    “Sea Machines systems are an ideal fit for commercial marine operations that require high levels of predictability, productivity and safety,” said Sea Machines’ Michael G. Johnson, CEO. “For these reasons, hydrographic survey is an exemplary use case for our autonomous-command and remote-helm control technologies. With Sea Machines installed on board, Deep will benefit from obtaining higher-quality data, more safely and at a more efficient rate with less data overlap. It’s an honor to serve innovative leader Deep with technology that helps them meet their goals and advance our industry.”

    “The purpose of our Survey Control Room is to offer our clients many possibilities like ad hoc surveys, simultaneous conducted surveys operated by only one survey crew, and multi-purpose use of vessels already available in the field,” said Deep’s Jurgen Beerens, CCO. “Besides these unparalleled flexibility advantages, it offers a time-saving option to increase efficiency and control costs towards a more sustainable future. With Sea Machines integrated on our vessel, we will soon begin to transfer tasks from the vessel to the safe working environment of the office. As well as improving safety, we will gain flexibility, continuity and quality, and we will reduce risks and our carbon footprint.”

    In September 2019, Deep was the first company to conduct remote surveys without surveyors on board in The Netherlands. These early missions included a captain and crew on board, with surveyors based in the Survey Control Room executing data collections via the SIMON Remote Survey platform for marine survey data control and acquisition. Installation of the SM300 aboard Deep’s vessel represents the next step in Deep’s innovative plans to move towards safer and more efficient remote survey operations.

    About Sea Machines
    Headquartered in the global tech hub of Boston and operating globally, Sea Machines is the leader in pioneering autonomous control and advanced perception systems for the marine industries. Founded in 2015, the company builds autonomous vessel software and systems, which increases the safety, efficiency and performance of ships, workboats and commercial vessels. Learn more about Sea Machines at www.sea-machines.com.   

    About Deep B.V.
    Deep is a survey company founded in 1999 and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, specializing in hydrography, marine geophysics and oceanography. Deep’s areas of operation include offshore areas, coastal zones, seaports and inshore waterways. Projects are carried out worldwide. Deep’s main goal is to safely supply its clients with high-quality data that provides reliable insights into the subsea world. Deep’s core values and those of its professional staff include quality of data, charts and reports, excellent client relations, and a flexible and cost-effective approach to projects. https://www.deepbv.nl/

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  • (New London, Conn.; September 29, 2020) – Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics announces today that it has partnered with shipbuilder Metal Shark Boats, of Jeanerette, Louisiana, to supply the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)’s Research and Development Center (RDC) with a new Sharktech 29 Defiant vessel for the purposes of testing and evaluating the capabilities of available autonomous vessel technology. The 29-foot, welded-aluminum monohull pilothouse vessel comes equipped with the Sea Machines SM300 autonomous-command and remote-helm control technology, offering the USCG a full range of advanced capabilities – including transit autonomy, collaborative autonomy, collision avoidance and remote vessel monitoring.

    The RDC helps transition innovative technologies and provides premier analysis and decision support to enhance operational performance across all Coast Guard missions. During demonstrations scheduled for October off the coast of Hawaii, the RDC team will test and evaluate the Sharktech vessel’s autonomous capabilities for their potential in supporting USCG surveillance, interdiction, patrol and other missions. Following the Hawaii demonstrations, the autonomous vessel will be returned to the RDC’s New London facility, where it will be used in additional testing to investigate application to various Coast Guard missions.

    “As the premier USCG facility performing research, development, test and evaluation in support of the service’s major missions, the RDC team is eager to observe Sea Machines’ system in action,” said USCG’s Derek Meier, assistant demonstration director. “The exercises will ultimately help us determine how, when, and if this innovative technology can be used to support personnel who are executing a variety of Coast Guard activities.”

    “Sea Machines is proud to actively support government agencies across a variety of projects and to expand that support to the Department of Homeland Security with this important demonstration being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Sea Machines’ Phil Bourque, director, sales. “Our systems are being rapidly adopted by government and commercial operators alike, offering increases in on-water productivity and predictability, while reducing operational risk.”

    “Since the launch of our Sharktech Autonomous Vessels division in 2018 we have been working to position Metal Shark for the autonomy revolution,” said Metal Shark’s CEO Chris Allard. “We are committed to the advancement of autonomous technology, through our relationships with leading autonomy suppliers as well as through our own R&D, and we are engaged with multiple customers, from the USCG, the Department of Defense and commercial operators. With this latest delivery, Metal Shark is proud to play a role in the Coast Guard’s autonomous technology R&D efforts.”

    In 2019, Sea Machines partnered with Metal Shark to make available the Sharktech 29 Defiant vessel to commercial markets, under Metal Shark’s stock boat program. Most recently, in July, Sea Machines partnered with Huntington Ingalls Industries to accelerate the deployment of self-piloting technologies in the rising market of unmanned naval boats and ships.

    About Sea Machines
    Headquartered in the global tech hub of Boston and operating globally, Sea Machines is the leader in pioneering autonomous control and advanced perception systems for the marine industries. Founded in 2015, the company builds autonomous vessel software and systems, which increases the safety, efficiency and performance of ships, workboats and commercial vessels. Learn more about Sea Machines at www.sea-machines.com.

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  • (BOSTON; October 5, 2020) – Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics, leading developer of autonomous command and control systems for surface vessels, announces that it has been awarded a multi-year Other Transaction (OT) agreement by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The primary purpose of the agreement is to initiate a prototype that will enable commercial ocean-service barges as autonomous Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP) units for an Amphibious Maritime Projection Platform (AMPP). 

    Under this OT agreement, Sea Machines will engineer, build and demonstrate ready-to-deploy system kits that enable autonomous, self-propelled operation of opportunistically available barges to land and replenish military aircraft. The kits will include Sea Machines’ SM300 autonomous-command and control systems, barge propulsion, sensing, positioning, communications and refueling equipment, as well as items required for global deployment. Each modular kit will meet U.S. Navy criteria and will be in compliance with classifications and regulations from the DOD’s aviation bodies. 

    The contract includes a concept demonstration phase, with an option for following phases to deploy SM300 Operational Kits. The live concept demonstration is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020, in Washington state, for which Sea Machines has teamed with FOSS Maritime, a leading maritime transportation and logistics provider based in Seattle. FOSS will provide naval architecture, support engineering and operations management to outfit a remotely commanded deck barge to land helicopters and host a scaled fueling station for aircraft, surface vessels and shore replenishment. Using the SM300, shoreside operators will have remote situational awareness and will be able to demonstrate the capabilities of remote command and control of the vessel, her operating systems and flight deck.

    Sea Machines is the prime contractor for the multi-year contract and is working closely alongside FOSS Maritime and other significant industry leaders, including Huntington Ingalls, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services, based in Newport News, Va., and Bell Flight, a producer of commercial and military, vertical-lift aircraft, based in Fort Worth, Texas, to ensure a successful demonstration.

    “The AMPP autonomous replenishment systems will solve critical logistics challenges of expeditionary missions. We are pleased to enable this innovative capability, which will increase the effectiveness and flexibility for the U.S. military,” said Sea Machines’ Phil Bourque, director, sales. “With Sea Machines systems already working off the waters of four continents, this project is well suited for us and one that we look forward to delivering on for the U.S. Government.”

    “Foss is excited about this new opportunity with Sea Machines. This contract has led to discussions with Sea Machines in a number of other areas where their expertise can help Foss, including bringing more technology to our tug fleet. What they are doing in automation is very interesting and that technology could help our mariners and our vessels safety,” said Foss’ Will Roberts, chief operating officer.

    DIU’s work is part of the DOD’s Resilient Expeditionary Agile Littoral Logistics (REALL) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) project. Funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Research & Engineering, the JCTD Program addresses Combatant Command (CCMD) and Joint warfighting gaps through prototyping and demonstration of innovative and game-changing technologies. The following offices are involved with defining performance requirements and developing capabilities for REALL: U.S. Central Command, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, Army Engineer Research and Development Center, and the Naval Aviation Warfare Center – Lakehurst.

    About Sea Machines
    Headquartered in the global tech hub of Boston and operating globally, Sea Machines is the leader in pioneering autonomous command and control and advanced perception systems for the marine industries. Founded in 2015, the company builds autonomous vessel software and systems, which increases the safety, efficiency and performance of ships, workboats and commercial passenger vessels. Learn more about Sea Machines at www.sea-machines.com.   

    About FOSS Maritime
    Foss is a full-service maritime company focused on solving customers’ toughest marine transportation and logistical challenges—close to home and in some of the harshest environments in the world. Along with its subsidiaries and sister companies we have the expertise to support any industry requiring marine transportation services, project management or logistics, helping to handle all of the details from one-time ship assist jobs in local harbors to major multi-year projects across the globe.

    About Huntington Ingalls
    Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division supports national security missions around the globe with unmanned systems, defense and federal solutions, nuclear and environmental services, and fleet sustainment. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 42,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.

    About Bell Flight
    Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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 Products

  • SM200 Remote-Helm Control System
    The SM200 is a wireless remote-helm control system that is ideal for tugboats, fireboats, target boats, ferries, utility craft and other workboats. This system is commercially available now and can be retrofitted aboard new or existing vessels.<br />...

  • System video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSiRr5R0oq4

    The Sea Machines SM200 is a human-in-the-loop joystick system that provides fully integrated, line-of-sight and wireless helm control for commercial vessel operations. It installs aboard new or existing vessels and frees mariners from the wheelhouse to conduct operations from any location that offers the greatest visibility and safety. No longer bound to a fixed control station, vessel operators using the SM200 have direct propulsion control, as well as remote control of auxiliaries and payload equipment. 

    The main advantage of using the SM200 is in reducing operational risk in dynamic marine environments. This technology empowers the pilot to be in full control of the vessel with a direct local view of operational tasks, as compared to conventional methods that often rely on signals relayed from another crew member to the wheelhouse. Improving visibility is a factor that is paramount to mariner safety and avoiding costly incidents.

    Integration
    Sea Machines integrates with a myriad of common interfaces, including propulsion and steering systems, instruments and hydraulic payloads. Requiring only 10 components for installation, the SM200 fully integrates with on-board equipment to bring remote-helm capabilities to operators both on and off the vessel. 

    SM200 Features

    • Remote helm control from shore or second vessel
    • Remote payload control
    • Remote vessel monitoring
  • SM300 Autonomous-Command & Remote-Helm Control
    The SM300 is an autonomous-command and remote-helm control system ideal for survey vessels, patrol boats, ferries and other workboats. This system is commercially available now and can be retrofitted aboard new or existing vessels....

  • The Sea Machines SM300 enables autonomous command and remote-helm control for workboats and other vessels. With a Sea Machines system on board, an operator has an always-on-watch, automated “co-pilot” that can set and follow the course, autonomously make adjustments to improve the route and ride, all while avoiding hazards across all conditions and light availability. The system adds valuable obstacle detection and collision avoidance capabilities for reduced operational risk.

    The SM300 enables operators to remotely monitor and command multiple autonomous vessels from a shipboard or shore-based center located anywhere with network connectivity. This remote capability enables reduced-crew or unmanned configurations and increases operational health and safety by mitigating risk in dynamic marine environments.

    To further maximize crew comfort and safety, the SM300 regulates vessel speeds and soften turns during missions.  The Sea-Keeping Mode autonomously adjust the vessel’s movements and speeds between waypoints when the mission and environmental conditions exceed the pitch, roll and heave thresholds defined by the operator.

    The SM300 enables shoreside command and visibility with full situational awareness using cameras, sensors and other equipment, from a second location on another vessel or on shore. All payloads on board can be remotely operated from a second vessel or shoreside location.

    Integration
    Sea Machines integrates with a myriad of common interfaces, including propulsion and steering systems, instruments and hydraulic payloads. Only requiring 10 components for installation, the SM300 fully integrates with the vessel’s on-board GPS, AIS, RADAR and ENC charts to bring autonomous, unmanned and remote-helm capabilities, as well as full situational awareness, to operators both on and off the vessel.  

    SM300 features
    • Obstacle detection and avoidance
    • Collaborative following
    • Predictable mission planning
    • Survey routes and other precision paths
    • Remote helm
    • Remote payload control
    • Remote vessel monitoring

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