ADNOC L&S, SeaOwl sign deal to design remotely operated marine supply vessels

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Officials during the signing ceremony

ADNOC Logistics & Services (ADNOC L&S), the shipping and maritime logistics arm of ADNOC, has signed an agreement with SeaOwl for the design of unmanned Remotely Operated Vessels (ROV) capable of transporting vehicles, equipment, and supplies to and from offshore sites.

The agreement was signed by Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, CEO of ADNOC L&S, and Mr. Xavier Génin, CEO of SeaOwl at the UAE Climate Tech Forum organized by the UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology.

According to the statement, the innovative design of the ROV will reduce carbon emissions by up to 30 percent as the vessel will be lighter and smaller, as facilities for a crew are not required.

Capt. Al Masabi said that, “A strategic commitment to sustainability and innovation plays a crucial role in ADNOC L&S’ ability to serve its customers. The vessel is another example of this commitment as we leverage the latest technology to optimize our maritime operations, reduce our carbon footprint and improve safety while increasing efficiency.”

The design for the 55 meters long ROV will allow the vessels to be operated from an onshore control room through a satellite link using the latest automation and self-navigation technology.

Further, the design will utilize state-of-the-art artificial intelligence systems to control propulsion, dynamic positioning, remote communication, and cyber security. It will improve safety and reduce operational costs as the vessels will be able to operate in harsher conditions with no exposure to seafarers.

Upon construction, the ROVs will join ADNOC L&S’ large and diverse fleet of modern and technologically advanced vessels.

“After the success of our Proof of Concept supported by the French Government, we are delighted to join forces with ADNOC L&S to bring a new era of sustainable logistics operations through digital automatization. This project will create strong ties with the UAE industrial landscape, as we plan to engage many other UAE players in this exciting journey,” Mr. Genin noted.

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