The offshore oil and gas sector requires efficient and cost-effective solutions for exploration, maintenance, and monitoring of installations in often challenging and remote marine environments. Traditional methods often involve high human labor and operational costs, as well as potential safety risks. The trend toward higher capital expenditure in this industry presents a unique opportunity for USVs to showcase their value proposition. These autonomous or remotely operated vehicles perform a wide range of tasks such as pipeline inspections, structural assessments, environmental monitoring, and equipment maintenance. By deploying USVs, companies enhance their operational efficiency, reduce risks to human personnel, and collect accurate data with improved precision and consistency.
Instead of sending divers or crewed vessels for routine inspections or repairs, USVs navigate and carry out these tasks autonomously, equipped with specialized sensors and tools. For instance, in July 2023, Electric remotely operated vehicles (eROVs) that perform maintenance and repair tasks on offshore wind turbines are being developed by the National Robotarium in partnership with geo-data specialist Fugro. Deployed from Fugro’s uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), the companies say they are working together to explore how the offshore energy sector benefit from advances in this kind of autonomous technology. Less than 11 meters unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) with a size of less than 11 meters typically refer to compact and relatively small waterborne autonomous or remotely operated vehicles. These USVs are characterized by their compact dimensions, which make them suitable for various applications, including research, surveillance, environmental monitoring, and commercial purposes.
With the increase in demand for compact USVs in various industries these small USVs are gaining popularity in research, environmental monitoring, and commercial applications due to their maneuverability and versatility. Researchers and organizations are recognizing the benefits of having easily transportable and cost-effective platforms for tasks such as hydrographic surveys, water quality monitoring, and marine research. For instance, Liquid Robotics offers Wave Glider, a compact USV of 3.05 meter. This USV is equipped with a propulsion system that harnesses stored solar energy, and the same solar energy system also replenishes the batteries that operate its sensors.
Unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), falling within the size range of 11 to 26 meters in length, represent a category of autonomous or remotely operated marine vessels. These USVs are characterized by their moderate size, which position11-to-26-meter are mostly medium size unmanned surface vehicles equipped with advanced sensors and instruments that can conduct comprehensive oceanographic surveys, gather environmental data, and study marine ecosystems. As the global focus on understanding and addressing environmental challenges intensifies, medium-sized USVs are increasingly recognized as invaluable tools in advancing marine research efforts. For instance, Kongsberg Maritime AS provides Sounder, a Medium-sized 8-meter unmanned surface vehicle for hydroacoustic applications. Its autonomy system provides safe navigation and control of the system, capable of direct remote control, and supervised or autonomous operation s them as versatile platforms suitable for a diverse array of applications in aquatic environments.
More than 26-meter represents vehicles falling within the size range of above 26 meters in length representing a category of autonomous or remotely operated marine vessels notable for their substantial dimensions. Maritime security and defense applications also fuel the demand for large USVs. Their size allows for the integration of advanced surveillance, communication, and anti-submarine warfare systems. Large USVs are increasingly recognized as assets in naval operations, coastal defense, and border security. As nations prioritize the protection of maritime borders and critical infrastructure, these USVs create growth opportunities within the defense sector. For instance, in July 2023, USV AS contracted Astilleros Gond?n shipyard to build an unmanned surface vessel (USV) that is 27 meters long and 7.5 meters wide capable of significantly reducing emissions and operating expenses compared to conventional vessels utilized for subsea inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) work.
The unmanned surface vehicle market is segmented on the basis of application, mode of operation, size, and region. Based on application, it is segmented into defense and commercial. On the basis of mode of operation, it is classified into autonomous surface vehicle and remotely operated surface vehicle. By size, it is categorized into less than 11 meters, 11 to 26 meters, and more than 26 meters. By region, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
Some major companies operating in the market include Atlas Elektronik GmbH, ECA Group, Elbit Systems Ltd., Israel Aerospace Industries, Kongsberg Maritime, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., Liquid Robotics, Maritime Robotics, SeaRobotics Corp. and Teledyne Technologies Incorporated.

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By Size
- Less than 11 Meters
- 11 to 26 Meters
- More than 26 Meters

By Application
- Defense
- Commercial
By Mode of Operation
- Autonomous Surface Vehicle
- Remotely Operated Surface Vehicle

By Region
- North America
- U.S.
- Canada
- Mexico
- Europe
- UK
- Germany
- Spain
- France
- Rest of Europe
- Asia-Pacific
- China
- India
- Japan
- South Korea
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Latin America
- Middle East
- Africa
- Key Market Players
- ECA Group.
- Israel Aerospace Industries
- Liquid Robotics
- Teledyne Technologies Incorporated
- SeaRobotics Corp.
- Maritime Robotics
- Kongsberg Maritime AS
- Atlas Elektronik GmbH
- L3Harris Technologies, Inc.