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Friday, June 5, 2020 

Kongsberg Maritime has signed its first contract for a new launch & recovery system (LARS), specifically designed to handle remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from unmanned vessels.

Under the contract, the system will be installed on Ocean Infinity's Armada fleet of robotic ships. Kongsberg’s LARS is at the heart of a complete system designed to ensure that no people are required at sea while carrying out subsea operations. This innovation enables the deployment of ROVs and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) by teams based onshore.

The system uses a pure electric drive system, making it more environmentally sustainable and significantly reducing the need for maintenance. Launch and recovery will happen through the moon pool, with the release and capture of the ROV occurring beneath the sea surface. This eliminates the possibility of damage to the ROV from impact with the vessel hull. Another benefit is that launching and recovery can be carried out in higher sea states.

“The new LARS solution is developed in close collaboration with the Ocean Infinity team. It benefits from a unique combination of our advanced subsea technologies, reinforced with years of accumulated offshore expertise,” said Lisa Edvardsen Haugan, EVP Deck Machinery and Motion Control, Kongsberg Maritime. “We believe this will be a game changer. The cost of ROV operations can be drastically decreased through use of this system. We expect to see more companies transition to using unmanned vessels to reduce operational costs and increase safety.”

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