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Sharktech Autonomous Vessels

ASV and Metal Shark's Sharktech autonomous vessel. (Credit: Metal Shark)

US-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has partnered with autonomous vessel technology developer ASV Global to offer Sharktech autonomous technology on its entire portfolio of vessels.


Metal Shark’s range runs from sub-5-m-long to over 90-m-long vessels in aluminum, steel, and composites that are designed for commercial as well as military, law enforcement, and fire/rescue applications. Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard told NauticExpo e-magazine: “We are demystifying and streamlining the process of autonomous technology integration by bringing this capability to market in turnkey form straight from the OEM.”

ASV Global—which was acquired by L3 Technologies in late September and is now called L3 ASV—supplied its ASView control system, which offers multiple modes including unmanned, reduced manned, and conventional operations. “Similar to how advances in aviation technology reduced aircraft cockpit crew numbers, Sharktech offers ship crew reduction at the flip of a switch,” Allard added.

This makes it ideal for a variety of dangerous and endurance missions in remote or hostile environments—or for any mission undesirable for a human crew. Watch a video here:



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Formerly editor-in-chief of IHS Maritime, Tony Slinn is an independent maritime journalist.

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