SES, MARTAC team up for unmanned marine survey platforms

Subsea Europe Services (SES) and Maritime Tactical Systems (MARTAC) have signed an extensive partnership agreement to cooperate on the delivery of unmanned and autonomous marine survey platforms.

The collaboration combines technology and autonomous survey platforms for new, more efficient marine data acquisition workflows, SES said.

The partnership unites MARTAC’s unmanned surface vessel (USV) portfolio for defence, commercial and scientific applications with SES’ hydroacoustic sensors, platforms and solutions expertise, available through its European rental pool.

The partners aim to make MARTAC’s USVs more accessible for defence and marine surveying applications in Europe, with SES providing added value through deep integration between the vessels and its own integrated technologies.

The initial focus is on MARTAC’s new fully electric MANTAS T12, a 3.6-metre X-Class vessel, mobilised with the SES integrated Hydroacoustic Survey System (iHSS).

SES will make available the first MANTAS T12 iHSS for the European survey industry at the start of 2022.

“The partnership with MARTAC is an important part of our efforts to bring down the cost of high-quality marine data by making the sensors, platforms and solutions that collect it at sea much easier to access and operate,” said Sören Themann, CEO of Subsea Europe Services.

“MARTAC USV’s are highly regarded in defence circles due to incredible resilience, speed and flexibility, so besides working with the European Navies, we’re looking forward to bringing the USVs and our integrated solutions closer to commercial and scientific users in Europe.”