Unique expands unmanned surface vessel fleet

Unique Group has signed an agreement to acquire five DriX unmanned surface vessels (USV) from iXblue.


The new additions are designed for a wide range of tasks such as geophysical and hydrographic surveys, touchdown monitoring of pipelines, subsea positioning, and ROV/AUV tracking.


DriX, with its long endurance, increased hydrodynamics and flexible sensor payload, is said to be able to improve the efficiency of offshore operations and act as a true force multiplier in the marine renewables sector as well as subsea construction, IRM, and decommissioning in the oil and gas market.


The acquired units will be placed within the company’s global rental pool and accessible to clients across the Middle East, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Americas.


Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Group, said: “DriX has proven to be a real game changer in the offshore market and been used across many successful subsea positioning and bathymetry missions.”


Sébastien Grall, Head of iXblue Shipyard Division, added: “This agreement with Unique Group is another endorsement of the added value DriX brings to subsea operations and we now look forward to seeing the units in use across various industries for survey, offshore, marine sciences as well as hydrographic operations.”


Source: Offshore Magazine