Introducing the
Autonomous Control System

Enhancing vessel safety, efficiency, and capability


3 In-House Test Vessels
4 Pilot Programs (2018)
880 Operational Hours Completed
20   Million Global Vessel Count


Sea Machines builds Autonomous Control & Remote Command Systems to upgrade the operation of existing or new build marine vessels.  Our technology can be used for unmanned piloting of vessels to improve productivity and efficiency as well as safe operations in hazardous environments.


Sea Machines’ Autonomous Control System for work boats uses common vessel-based instruments and proprietary algorithms to give the watercraft a degree of self-awareness, enabling the boat to efficiently self-motor from point-to-point while avoiding active & passive obstacles or collaborate in tandem with another vessel.  The system links to all on-board propulsion, steering, and thrust machinery for active vessel control as well as necessary instruments and sensors.  A remote user interface is provided for command and control as well as data reception from the autonomous vessel.

Technology Brochure


Sea Machines’ proprietary industrial control architecture that is specially-developed with robustness and reliability, absolutes for hard-working vessels.  Standardized with pilot-ready navigation and common task algorithms.  With built-in middleware to accept 3rd party software plug ins for payload control and data collection.


Sea Machines is launching a series of industrial grade systems to enable remote & autonomous operations of commercial vessels.



Autonomous & Remote Control for Workboats

Retrofit or OEM Install
Price: $98,500



Ship-to-Shore Data System


SEA MACHINES Remote Onboard

SEA MACHINES Remote Onboard


In The Press

Boston-based Sea Machines bringing autonomous tech to world’s largest shipping company Article link »

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Metro April 27, 2018

Sea Machines Robotics Hires Peter Holm to Lead New German Office Press Release link »

Sea Machines press release

Sea Machines March 27, 2018

Chris Sotzing Joins as Director of Engineering Article link »

Marine Link News article

Marine Link February 2018

Sea Machines Robotics Presents ‘The Power of Marine Autonomy’ Video Article link »

Hydro International article

Hydro International December 2017

Sea Machines Sees a Path to Recreational Self-Driving Boats Article link »

BostInno article

BostInno November 2017

Meet the Startup Looking Beyond Self-Driving Cars… Article link »

BGR article

BGR November 2017

Sea Machines & Rolls Royce Talking About Autonomous Ships Article link »

NBC News article

NBC News November 2017

Robo-Boats Are Setting Sail in Boston Article link »

Bloomberg Businessweek article

Bloomberg Businessweek September 2017

Self-driving boats: The next tech transportation race Article link »

AP News article

AP News September 2017

Sea Machines announces release of the Sea Machines 300 Autonomy System. Press Release link »

Sea Machines 300 press release

Sea Machines September 2017

Crowley’s Todd Busch Joins Sea Machines’ Board of Directors Article link »

Maritime Executive article

Maritime Executive August 2017

East Boston startup Sea Machines just put their second unmanned surface vessel in the water. Article link »

CBS Boston article

CBS Boston July 2017

We welcome Phil Bourque to the crew as Director of Business Development. Article link »

Marine Technology News article

Marine Technology News July 2017

Sea Machines is bringing autonomous self-driving systems to the world of workboats. Article link »

Marine News article

MarineNews June 2017

Sea Machines Robotics Inc. has raised $1.5 million to support beta tests of its marine self-driving system. Article link »

Boston Business Journal article

Boston Business Journal May 2017

Sea Machines Robotics was named a $50,000 GOLD-level Boston winner at the annual MassChallenge Awards. Article link »

Marine Technology News article

Marine Technology News November 2016

Sea Machines Robotics autonomous vessel technology featured in Boston Globe newspaper on July 29, 2016. Article link »

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Boston GlobeJuly 2016

SEA MACHINES look at how to improve the safety and efficiency of spill recovery and other operations. Article link »

Oil Field technology article

Oil Field technology October 2015

U.S.-based Sea Machines is developing unmanned work boats for the maritime and offshore industries. Article link »

Maritime Executive article

Maritime Executive September 2015

Sea Machines and Founder Michael Gordon Johnson appears in issue of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News Magazine. Article link »

Maritime Reporter article

Maritime Reporter & Engineering August 2015


Sea Machines Robotics is a forward looking autonomous technology company that specializes in advanced control technology for work boats and other commercial surface vessels. Based in Boston and operating globally, the company is driven by a crew of mariners, engineers, coders, and autonomy scientists.

Michael G. Johnson headshot

Michael G. Johnson

Founder | CEO
Jim Daly

Jim Daly

Mike Cammack

Mike Cammack

Director of Business & Finance
Chris Sotzing

Chris Sotzing, PhD

Director of Engineering
Philip Bourque

Philip Bourque

Director of Business Development
Mohamed Saad Ibn Seddik

Mohamed Saad Ibn Seddik, PhD

Autonomy Scientist
Marty Cosgrove

Marty Cosgrove

Sr. Software Engineer
Peter Holm

Peter Holm

European Director

Sea Machines is hiring. We are always interested in receiving resumes from interested candidates.

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Get in touch

Interested in Industrial Marine Autonomy? We’d like to hear from you.

  • 256 Marginal St, Building 16A
    Boston, MA 02128 USA

    Sea Machines c/o WeWork
    Axel-Springer-Platz 3
    Hamburg, 20355, Germany
  • +1-617-455-6266 (USA HQ)
    +49 40 808 194 738 (Hamburg)