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Argeo Launched Its First USV for Inspection and Survey, Suitable for Offshore Projects

Designed to be used in the offshore energy segment, Argus is Argeo’s first uncrewed, remotely supervised survey and inspection vessel, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The autonomous vehicle was recently launched.
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The offshore wind energy market is a booming one, and according to Norway-based company Argeo, its global costs will exceed $100 billion by 2030. The demand for accurate mapping of the oceans will also increase significantly, which is what Argus promises to deliver, thanks to its advanced navigation, hydrographic, and geophysical technologies.

With a name that comes from Greek mythology, describing a giant with a hundred eyes, the Argus USV (uncrewed surface vehicle) is a multi-purpose vessel, engineered for coastal and offshore applications. It was built in collaboration with Maritime Robotics, being based on its Mariner X platform and it has a low carbon footprint, with Argeo CEO Trond Crantz boasting of achieving a 95 percent reduction in emissions compared to traditional manned vessels.

Argus is tailored-made to comply with governmental rules and regulations. It is flexible and easy to deploy anywhere in the world, it uses a hybrid propulsion system and offers an operation time of up to 30 days. It also has an electric capacity of up to two days. The uncrewed surface vehicle operates at a speed of 3 to 6 knots (3.4 to 7 mph/5.4 to 11 kph), but it can reach a maximum speed of 12 knots (13.8 mph/22 kph). Argus can be used in water depths ranging from 2 to 200 m (6.5 to 656 ft). The vessel is 9 m (29.5 ft) long, 3 m (9.8 ft) wide, and weighs around 5 tons.

Thanks to its full position control, Argus can be used for safe remote supervised operations on a 24/7 basis. The USV offers high-resolution data quality for detailed mapping of the seabed as well as of the shallow water geology, thanks to its integrated geophysical and hydrographical sensors.

In addition to the recently launched Argus, Argeo also owns and operates four autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), two Sea Raptors and two Hugin AUVs.

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