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Portsmouth, 12th September 2016, ASV Global, leading manufacturer of Autonomous Surface Vehicles, has expanded into the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.

Working alongside local universities and authorities ASV is bringing the latest in Autonomous Surface Vehicle technology to the emerging South American market.

ASV Global do Brasil LTDA will offer sales, customer support and operational services.

The new venture is being led by COPPE postgraduate and experienced naval architect Rafael Coelho. Rafael spent 5 years in the UK headquarters as Head of Design and during that time established a strong design identity across the ASV product lines. Under Rafael’s leadership the ASV design team have delivered more than 80 ASVs for a variety of roles in commercial, defence and security environments. Rafael will retain his role as ASV design lead.

Dan Hook, Managing Director of ASV said “We’re excited to announce the opening of ASV Global in Brazil. There are lots of opportunities in Brazil and South America for autonomous systems to offer cost savings and operational efficiencies in applications such as bathymetric survey, security, oil & gas and marine science”.

Fabio Nascimento from COPPE-UFRJ said “The opening of a Brazilian branch of one of the major autonomous vehicle manufacturers is very important to the local market, the research institutions and our continental partners. This opens up great possibilities of utilizing this technology and offers customized design solutions for the needs of our industry and scientific community”

ASV Global currently operates from Portsmouth UK and Louisiana USA.

ASV Global is a world leader in autonomous marine technology.  The company designs, builds and operates ASVs on a global basis. Products are available for lease and purchase alongside comprehensive support and training packages. In just six years, ASV Global has produced more than 80 vehicles and developed more than 30 different payload packages.  The company has also converted numerous existing vessels to operate autonomously.  With offices in the UK and US, ASV Global’s 75 employees support commercial, scientific, and military clients across the globe. 

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