Unmanned Survey Solutions’ new Accession Class unmanned surface vessels (USVs) have been given the green light following the funding from Marine-i Marine Challenge Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).The Accession Class USV is built for use in offshore operations, particularly offshore wind farm seabed mapping, offshore wind farm turbine inspections using a UAV launched and recovered from a USV, enforcement activities by Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, environmental mapping on intertidal areas and monitoring of marine mammals.James Williams, director at USS said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and we’re delighted to receive support from the Marine-i Marine Challenge Fund to be able to develop our own offshore renewables class vessel. We’re now looking forward to working with project partners to finalize the Accession Class USV specifications.”The 4.5 meters Accession Class USV will be a robust marine autonomous multi-role USV with integrated airborne drone capabilities, the company said.It will work as a force multiplier with a mother vessel and will integrate a variety of payloads including the launch and recovery of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 COVID-19 vaccine will not be available before mid-2021 – German minister Powerlifting legend Lucy Ejike on Friday said she was physically fit and in top form before the postponed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.Ejike told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, following the long period of inactivity due to the coronavirus pandemic, that she was however yet to resume her gym sessions. The three-times Paralympics gold medalist said she has been training at home since the lockdown to keep fit.“I have been training at home since the lockdown and now that the lockdown is relaxed, I am still training at home and yet to resume gym sessions,” she said.Ejike however said she did not want to push herself into any vigorous training at the moment.She said: “I don’t want to do that because I have not been training consistently due to the COVID-19.“But I still know that this length of inactivity will not deter me. “In a few months time, I will get back to my peak.”The 42-year-old said she was at her best form before the lockdown in preparation for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games.Ejike, who won a gold medal in the women’s up-to-61kg category at the World Para-Powerlifting World Cup in Abuja in February, said she was reserving her energy for the Tokyo Games.“That is where I am looking forward to breaking more records,” she said.The Paralympic Games earlier scheduled to begin in August 2020 has been postponed to August 2021 in Tokyo due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NAN.Tags: CoronavirusLucy EjikeTokyo Paralympics
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher expects to miss the start of the new Barclays Premier League season as he continues his rehabilitation from a bowel operation. The Scotland captain took nine months out to see if his symptoms settled down before returning last September, and seemed to be making rapid progress. However, after appearing in three games out of four at the end of November, he was restricted to two very brief substitute appearances – the last of which came in the 4-3 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. “I’ve had it for five years but really struggled to control it for the last three years,” he said. “It’s had a big impact on my day-to-day life, never mind trying to play football. “Medication wasn’t helping me but surgery was the only solution if I wanted to have not only a future playing football but even a quality of life going forward. Fletcher added: “It’s all going well. I am still under the hands of the medical team just now, and the surgeon who is looking after me. Everything is going to plan so far and I am not that far away now. “I am doing exercise on my own. I’ve not been given the green light to join in contact in football training but I am doing my own running and physical activities and feel great. “Hopefully, in the next few weeks I am going to get the green light to join in and to start making the comeback, which is looking very good.” Press Association The 29-year-old has been battling ulcerative colitis for the past five years and underwent surgery in January as part of a “planned procedure”. Asked on BBC Radio Five when he would be back in action, Fletcher replied: “Hopefully, not too long after the start of the season. I think I will just miss the beginning of the season.”