UK unmanned surface vessel manufacturer chooses GAC Pindar for worldwide deliveries

Every autonomous vehicle (UAV) manufacturer operating at the highest level of innovation needs dependable suppliers at every turn. AutoNaut, a UAV manufacturer based in Bognor Regis on the south coast of the United Kingdom, requires a reliable freight forwarder to manage their logistics operations. Sarah Heasman, Project Manager at AutoNaut, knew they were in safe hands with GAC Pindar.

“We chose GAC Pindar as our shipping contractor as we could rely on their experience in shipping unusual and unique equipment,” says Heasman. “Our vessels require specialist shipping care and an understanding of our product. We need to ensure there are no complications with UK export and import customs procedures, and we can count on GAC Pindar for that. They provide a competitive price and have assisted us at critical points in each project, always going above and beyond to meet deadlines.”

Ranging from 3.5 to 5 metres long, AutoNaut’s vessels use state-of-the-art technology to assist oceanographic and scientific research. The UAVs are propelled by the motion of the waves, collecting oceanic data with zero carbon emissions. The vessel’s endurance in terms of operational hours providing consistent, ocean-going technology, means research institutes and meteorological facilities around the world are placing orders. Delivery timing is critical for AutoNaut vessels to be available and operational at specific locations and times.

GAC UK’s marine leisure, sport and events division provides 24-7 customer support, managing multiple requirements in different locations for customers around the world. The latest AutoNaut shipment saw multiple vessels delivered to the Barbados Meteorological Services (BMS). The timely arrival of the UAVs has provided BMS with equipment that operates offshore to provide over-the-horizon and near real-time meteorological data ahead of storms approaching the island.

Other shipments of note include two 5 metre vessels for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) located in Trondheim, Gjøvik and Ălesund, which specialise in technology and the natural sciences. Owning a pair of vessels allows for continuous deployment. Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) also owns a 5 metre AutoNaut, operating in the Atlantic and gathering data for marine research.

Verity Springer, Project Manager at GAC Pindar, explains: “The expertise we have within the sports and events industry means our team are well-versed in providing the specialist care customers such as AutoNaut require. We specialise in the out of the ordinary, and relish the logistics challenges we’re presented with.”

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