Bremerton, Wash., shipbuilder SAFE Boats International has announced a production partnership with West Palm Beach, Florida-based autonomous marine technology provider Mythos AI.

SAFE Boats delivered a purpose-built Porter 78S workboat to Mythos AI. The aluminum-hulled, outboard-powered Porter 78S survey boat, built under an exclusive license agreement with Stormer Work Boats of the Netherlands, is specifically designed for survey control system integration Autonomous and self-contained hydrographic chart from Mythos AI.

Mythos AI’s first SAFE Porter 78S autonomous hydrographic survey vessel, ArchieOne, is fully crewed and in service, collecting data and demonstrating its capabilities to hydrographic survey stakeholders in the southeastern United States. The second vessel is nearing completion with future builds planned for 2023 and beyond.

Mythos AI applies technology derived from the self-driving car to the maritime environment. Archie, the first product offering from Mythos AI, is a vertically integrated autonomous survey vessel. Hydrographic surveys require a specialized skill set and the ability to quickly interpret various environmental details. They are performed at low speeds where manually maintaining heading and coverage requirements is a challenge while executing dynamic routes to avoid obstacles and collisions in congested waterways. The Mythos system guides operators through the high-fidelity multibeam sonar data acquisition process from start to finish, layering autonomous quality control and self-driving to reduce human error and, in turn , increases the efficiency of readings tenfold. .

The Porter 78S is an 8m x 3m aluminum workboat powered by twin outboard motors with a large wheelhouse and work deck area including a moonpool for multibeam sonar deployment. The Porter range of workboats are offered by SAFE Boats in inboard and outboard configurations from 6.5m to 12m.