Busan Coast Guard said in a statement on January 24 that the unmanned vessel was deployed to the southern port city of Busan to carry out various missions such as collecting oil adsorbents and installing oil fences. The vessel is being operated in dangerous areas where regular ships cannot access.
"Hopefully, we can carry out missions more safely and create a smart working environment using the unmanned cleaning robot vessel," an unnamed Coast Guard official was quoted as saying. Prior to its operation, the vessel was demonstrated in actual pollution accidents and removed pollutants without any problems.
Various domestic companies have tried to commercialize unmanned vessels. In June 2020, South Korea's major defense contractor LIG Nex 1 partnered with the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) to develop, demonstrate and commercialize unmanned patrol boats through a 25.7 billion won ($21.1 million) state project.
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