KONGSBERG USV to Minimise Aker BioMarine’s Carbon Footprints
Aker BioMarine has ordered a new Sounder Unmanned Surface Vehicle from Kongsberg Maritime, to further reduce their carbon footprint and optimise krill harvesting in Antarctica. The USV is also equipped to collect valuable scientific data. Unmanned maritime systems are evolving rapidly, and Kongsberg Maritime has a history of making world-leading products for the hydrographic and subsea positioning industries. The company supplies more multibeam sonars, positioning and fishery systems to the offshore market than any other manufacturer. The new agreement with Aker BioMarine will give the biotech and krill harvesting company an even greater scientific edge for their operations in Antarctica.
As part of the agreement between Kongsberg Maritime and Aker BioMarine, the companies will co-operate to further develop the USV, together with scientific advice from REV Ocean, a not-for-profit company with a mission to make the ocean healthy again. REV Ocean will give scientific and technical advice to the project and look for novel ways to better utilise the data from the USV in large international science programs and projects.
Sustainable use of the ocean and marine resources is a key part of Aker BioMarine’s strategy. To achieve this, the company has invested heavily in technology that contributes to more sustainable fishery and fishery management. In order to collect detailed data on the krill biomass, Aker BioMarine launched an unmanned solar-powered ocean data drone (Sailbuoy) early in 2020.