Marine Fire Industry


Autonomous-Command and Remote Helm Control Technology
For Fireboats and Related Commercial Vessels

Available now, Sea Machines’ vessel intelligence systems install aboard existing or new-build fireboats and support vessels to increase their productivity and predictability, while reducing their overall risk and operational costs.

Capabilities & Use Cases

Autonomous Command

Sea Machines enables vessels to execute autonomous missions, as directed by a shoreside operator, with or without crew on board. This increases crew safety by reducing the need for humans to be on board and exposed to hazardous environments.

Unmanned, autonomous vessels can perform more aggressive response maneuvers, without risk to humans.

Operational incidents can be prevented with obstacle detection and collision avoidance capabilities built on computer vision, radar, AIS and GPS data.

Autonomous missions can be saved and reused for future efficiency.

Remote Helm Operations

A shoreside operator can remotely activate staged vessels to initiate response activities or search-and-rescue missions without waiting for trained crew to arrive on site.

Daughtercraft (such as smaller fire boats) can be remotely controlled from a mothership or shoreside location, with or without crew on board. Operators can control unmanned daughtercraft 24/7, even in poor sea and weather conditions, and through periods of low light or visibility. Unmanned vessels do not require stop-work periods for shift-changes.

Vessels can be operated from outside of the wheelhouse to provide greater visibility.

Collaborative Autonomy

Vessels can autonomously collaborate to perform sweeping patterns and other coordinated tasks.

Multiple autonomous vessels create a force-multiplier effect for larger incidents.

Unmanned collaborative autonomous vessels reduce the resources required for missions, helping to reduce operational costs.

Grid Path Autonomy for Repetitive Routes

The majority of operational incidents in the marine industry can be traced to human errors related to fatigue, distraction or boredom. Repetitive path autonomy eliminates the need for mariners to manually execute tedious paths.

An autonomous vessel executes precision grid paths more predictably than a human operator can.

Unmanned, autonomous vessels improve the speed and accuracy of repeating paths during vital search-and-rescue missions.

Remote Payload Control

An off-site operator can remotely activate and control on-board equipment, such as fire monitors, sensors and equipment.

The operator can engage on-board payloads from outside of the wheelhouse to provide greater visibility.

Remote Vessel Monitoring

From a shoreside location or second vessel, Sea Machines enables operators to monitor the operations and progress of working vessels in real time, anywhere there is a network connection.

This “on-watch redundancy” can help to prevent operational incidents and keep crews safer.

Human operators can command and control fleets of unmanned vessels with greater efficiency and reduced operational cost.

Proof of Performance

Industry’s First Autonomous Fireboat

During the 2018 Maritime Kulturdage event, in Korsør, Denmark, Sea Machines demonstrated the capabilities of its SM300 product aboard the world’s first autonomous-command, remote-controlled fireboat, owned by TUCO Marine. Read details here.


“We have seen the need to increase response capabilities and also reduce the risk to first responders. We feel this technology and platform will be a valuable tool to all Coast Guard Societies around the world.” — Roger Stanton, Hike Metal

Sea Machines has partnered with Hike Metal, a world-class manufacturer of workboats based in Ontario, Canada, to integrate our autonomous vessel control system aboard commercial vessels tasked with search-and-rescue (SAR) missions. The collaboration will help develop and demonstrate the capabilities of autonomous marine technology for the purposes of increasing the productivity and safety of SAR operations. Learn more.

“In conjunction with Sea Machines, we have developed a turn-key autonomous production model to be kept in our regular stock rotation and available for near-immediate delivery. We’re bringing autonomy to market in a ready form that operators can buy today and run tomorrow.” — Chris Allard, Metal Shark

Sea Machines is now offering government and commercial customers a commercially available 29-foot autonomous vessel, made possible by Metal Shark’s “Sharktech” autonomous division. The system allows for traditionally manned, reduced-crew or unmanned autonomous operations to deliver “human-in-the-loop” navigation. Learn more.

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Contact a member of the Sea Machines team to discuss your specific needs.