Ocean Power Technologies partners with UAE subsea tech firm for autonomous vehicle services in Middle East

Monroe Township-based Ocean Power Technologies has partnered with Unique Group, a United Arab Emirates-headquartered global innovator in subsea technologies and engineering, to introduce its WAM-V unmanned surface vehicles in the Middle East.

The Unique Group partnership may help boost revenue at OPT.

Integrating OPT’s commercially available vehicles with Unique’s leading position in the offshore energy industry in the UAE will accelerate the adoption of undersea vehicles in the region. Unique Group’s knowledge of the local industry and footprint in the region enables maintenance and services to be carried out more efficiently.

“Working with Unique Group will further accelerate our efforts to deploy USVs globally. We are very excited about the prospects of expanding into the UAE and applaud the local industry’s forward thinking in adopting autonomous technologies,” Philipp Stratmann, OPT’s CEO, said.

Jack Dougherty, global head of USV at Unique Group, added: “Unique Group is excited to announce our strategic partnership with Ocean Power Technologies. By leveraging our extensive regional experience and advanced engineering capabilities, we are committed to helping OPT develop a GCC-specific WAM-V 22. This next-generation vessel will be designed to meet the regions stringent safety regulations while ensuring environmentally conscious and efficient operations.”