DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, June 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX-V: PNG, OTCQB: KRKNF) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has established a new 4,000 square foot facility named the Unmanned Maritime Vehicles Facility (UMVF). The UMVF is located at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Kraken’s Handling Systems Group has already moved into the new location and will continue to build Kraken’s Tentacle® Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery Systems there. The facility will also be used to field test and support a variety of Kraken’s underwater robotic platforms – including the KATFISH™ high speed towed SAS system and the THUNDERFISH® Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. Kraken has also installed a dockside remote operations container which is available for use by COVE residents.
Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President & CEO said, “We are extremely pleased to establish our new Unmanned Maritime Vehicles Facility at COVE in Dartmouth. The global UMV market is experiencing significant growth and investment in both military and commercial markets. While most of the today’s global UMV market is military, the adoption trend of UMVs is increasing among various commercial sectors such as oil & gas exploration operators, hydrographic and oceanographic survey organizations, environmental monitoring and search/recovery teams. UMVs are also being adopted by various scientific research organizations for conducting oceanic studies and maritime surveys.”
Jim Hanlon, COVE’s CEO said, “We are now seeing a revolution in unmanned maritime robotics similar to what happened when unmanned aerial drones were introduced in the 2000s. Both military and commercial operators are realizing the missions that can be accomplished with ocean drones and robotics. Maritime entities are becoming very interested in getting a better return-on-investment using drones and not having to put people at risk. That cultural shift is happening across the maritime sector. Kraken brings considerable technology and expertise to the underwater robotics domain and we are delighted that they are establishing Unmanned Maritime Vehicles Facility at COVE.”
Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (UMVs) are robotic systems which operate both below and above the surface and without an operator on board. UMVs are split into three submarkets: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USV).
UMVs can range from very small vessels to that of a mid-sized ship or small submarine and are equipped with a variety of mapping, communications and navigation sensors. These autonomous systems are used in multiple applications such as naval mine detection, seafloor mapping, underwater asset infrastructure inspection, environmental characterization and others.
Since unmanned systems are remotely operated, they can operate in areas where it becomes difficult for the humans to reach. They also help prevent loss to human lives since the information can be collected and strategized accordingly. Unmanned systems are being developed by some of the leading defence and commercial companies in the world, and the expected increase in adoption of these vehicles is expected to propel the market for unmanned maritime vehicle in both the military and commercial sectors.
Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX.V:PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) is a marine technology company that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in St. John’s, Newfoundland with offices in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Toronto, Ontario; Bremen & Rostock, Germany; and Boston, Massachusetts. Kraken is ranked as a Top 100 marine technology company by Marine Technology Reporter magazine. For more information, please visit www.krakenrobotics.com, www.krakenrobotik.de, www.krakenpower.de. Find us on social media on Twitter (@krakenrobotics), Facebook (@krakenroboticsinc) and LinkedIn.
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