Boston Engineering Applies Robotics to NAVSEA Biofouling Contract

Oct 24, 2016

Waltham, Mass. October 24, 2016 — Boston Engineering today announced a new Robotics contract to improve the U.S. Navy’s ability to prevent marine organisms from damaging the exterior of maritime vessels while they are docked. Boston Engineering’s contract focuses on deploying a system to prevent and to remove marine biological fouling on the hulls of Ohio-class submarines during in-port periods.

Boston Engineering received the Phase I award from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) as part of the U.S. Navy’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.

Current antifouling operations are lengthy and require significant manpower. Additionally, the Alliance for Costal Technologies estimates that maintenance costs due to biofouling can consume as much as 50% of operational budgets.

Boston Engineering addresses these challenges with a unique mobile solution with a tuned, low-contact energy module to target biological forms responsible for fouling. The result is an efficient, effective antifouling solution that limits the requirement for divers and eliminates high-energy scrubbing.

“We are applying our expertise in maritime and harsh environment systems to address the U.S. Navy’s requirement for improved operational availability and for lower life-cycle maintenance costs,” said Michael Rufo, director of Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems Group.

“Boston Engineering’s modular, versatile solution can be applied to antifouling requirements across both government and commercial maritime environments,” said Mark Smithers, co-founder and chief technology officer at Boston Engineering.

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