Nauticus Robotics partners with Shell for subsea inspections
Nauticus Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ: KITT), a pioneering developer of ocean robots and artificial intelligence for offshore industries, announced a service contract with Shell plc (NYSE: SHEL). The initial deal includes inspection services for a Shell subsea field in the Gulf of Mexico. This partnership is a result of Nauticus Robotics successfully completing a qualification phase for autonomous methods of subsea operations and inspections, solidifying its position as a fully operational offshore services provider.
Nauticus Robotics’ Aquanaut Takes the Lead
Nauticus Robotics’ flagship robot, Aquanaut, will spearhead the project, executing both noncontact and contact inspections across a vast subsea complex. In a first-of-its-kind operation, the project employs Nauticus Robotics’ method of autonomous subsea manipulation in water depths exceeding 1000 meters. A remote pilot will work in tandem with Aquanaut via Nauticus Robotics’ acoustic communications link to ensure safe operations. Shell describes the project as featuring “a force multiplier” solution, allowing multiple tasks to be completed simultaneously from a smaller service vessel.
A Revolutionary Approach to Offshore Operations
Nauticus Robotics and Shell are jointly developing a revolutionary approach to underwater operations that could signal a technological leap in the offshore sector. “This new project with Shell, one of the world’s leading energy companies, gives Nauticus long-term visibility in Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair (IMR) services. We recognize the magnitude of this opportunity with Shell and eagerly anticipate the project execution,” stated Nicolaus Radford, CEO of Nauticus Robotics.
Safety and Collaboration
To fulfill the project’s requirements, Nauticus Robotics elevated its offshore Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) solutions and honed its operational expertise. The project’s design involved collaborative planning with Shell’s marine assurance team and its robotics innovation program.