Greensea boosts European footprint with Wight Ocean

Richmond-based marine robotics firm Greensea is expanding its international presence to meet demand for its navigation, control, autonomy, and human-machine interface technology.

Wight Ocean

Newport-based Wight Ocean will represent Greensea products to customers across Europe.

This will include the Greensea INSpect GS inertial navigation system and the EOD Workspace software tool.

“We are excited to collaborate with Greensea Systems, providing our customers with a robust technology framework and the building blocks that enable rapid development of integrated robotics solutions, helping operators accomplish their missions more efficiently and safely,” said Graham Lester of Wight Ocean.

Wight Ocean said it is also keen to demonstrate the benefits of Greensea’s latest hull crawler innovation.

The system carries out underwater ship inspections in lieu of dry-docking (UWILD) and also naval vessel survey & inspection operations.

The hull crawler is the first commercially available product to come out of Greensea’s hull robotics program.

The company specifically develops navigation and localization capabilities necessary for hull inspection, surveying, and non-destructive testing.

Greensea’s open architecture software platform, OPENSEA, has found its use in more than 1,000 marine systems .

Applications include explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) offshore survey & inspection to ship hull robotics.

OPENSEA enables highly advanced navigation, control, and autonomy, and allows rapid development of new technologies.

“Greensea has always prided itself on meeting diverse customer needs with easy-to-use, groundbreaking solutions,” said Ben Kinnaman, CEO of Greensea.

“We look forward to partnering with Wight Ocean to develop and deepen relationships so we can help our international customers achieve success in the field.”

The international expansion continues a trend of aggressive growth for Greensea

“In the past year, we’ve seen a steep increase in demand,” said Marybeth Gilliam, COO of Greensea.

“Customers recognize that a common open architecture platform like OPENSEA gives them the flexibility, interoperability, and advanced capability necessary to get the job done.”

Greensea has also recently teamed up with other companies such as Kraken and VideoRay to advance capabilities of marine robotics.