Encyclopedia of Ocean Engineering

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| Editors: Weicheng Cui, Shixiao Fu, Zhiqiang Hu

Special Marine Vehicle

  • Zhe Sun
  • Da Hui
  • Ning Liu
  • Gui-Yong ZhangEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6963-5_35-1


The term “special marine vehicle” here is intended to encompass all the classifications that are not clearly included in other categories of this book. In other words, it is more like the “miscellaneous” of all the surface and underwater marine vehicles.

Scientific Fundamentals

Basic Type

Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)

Unmanned surface vessels (USVs) have also been called autonomous surface craft (ASC). As the name implies, they remove the operators from the platform and allow new modes of operations (Manley 2008) based on innovations in high-payload, high-speed small craft design and unmanned systems technology. USVs extend the success of autonomous underwater vehicle to surface vehicle, which could provide safer and cheaper choice to meet the various civil and military demands.

USVs are used by academic labs, corporations, and government users (Manley 2008). Typical applications include environment monitoring and survey, bathymetric mapping, object searching, general...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Naval Architecture and Ocean EngineeringDalian University of TechnologyDalianChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • A-Man Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Shipbuilding and Ocean EngineeringHarbin Engineering UniversityHarbin, HeilongjiangChina