Over the course of the weekend, an unmanned vessel successfully completed survey operations on the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm located off the coast of North Wales.

The Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), operated by XOCEAN, performed high resolution foundation surveys on 37 of the turbines at the 576 MW offshore wind farm.

Controlled via satellite, the USV completed the mission in just 51 hours operating 24/7. Throughout this time, an experienced team of USV Pilots and Surveyors monitored the performance of the USV to ensure the safe operation of the vessel and quality of the data collected. This innovative approach which was carried out safely and following current Government guidelines, delivers significant economic savings when conducting this type of regular monitoring survey.

Use of unmanned systems holds many benefits including safety with operators remaining onshore and efficiency with 24/7 operations. XOCEAN’s USVs have a negligible carbon footprint and all emissions are offset, resulting in a fully carbon neutral operation.

Commenting on the project, James Ives, CEO of XOCEAN said: “We are delighted to be working with innogy Renewables bringing innovative marine robotics to the offshore wind sector. Our USV technology has demonstrated itself to be a safe, reliable and ultra-low carbon solution for the collection of ocean data”.