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BOSS done with sea trials series in North Sea

UK-based pioneer of autonomous seabed robots Blue Ocean Seismic Services (BOSS) has completed a series of passive and active sea trials in the North Sea using a DP2 class multi-role vessel.

When tested at various weights, the company said its autonomous underwater vehicle consistently coupled to the seabed and acquired high-quality ocean bottom seismic (OBS) data for offshore exploration and other applications such as carbon capture and offshore wind development.

The data collected is deemed comparable to existing ocean bottom node technology. 

Following further design optimizations, BOSS will now advance to additional seismic trials in multiple locations, followed by pre-commercial sea trials alongside its investment partners commencing in H1 2022 and continuing throughout the year.  

According to the UK firm, the technology is expected to reduce seismic survey costs by more than 50% and remove the need for energy-intensive exploration vessels.

“Completing these successful sea trials is a crucial milestone for the Blue Ocean Seismic Services team and our revolutionary underwater vehicles,” said Simon Illingworth, managing director and CEO of Blue Ocean Seismic Services.

“We know now that our autonomous vehicles can withstand extremely challenging environments and continue to gather high-quality data from below the seabed which can identify carbon capture storage, renewable, and oil and gas sites.”

To remind, last year BOSS secured a £10 million investment from bp Ventures, Woodside Energy and Blue Ocean Monitoring for the development of the technology.

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