Autonomous Device Demonstration

FaBTest is a pre-consented site for the demonstration of surface and subsea autonomous vessels and vehicles. The site can have a number of installations for devices to 'explore'. Our pre-consented status reduces risk, uncertainty, time and cost. So long as your design fits within the defined "Rochdale envelope" of permitted devices, we can offer certainty of deployment permission. FaBTest also supports supply chain activity in the area and facilitates world-leading, multi and inter-disciplinary research for the marine renewables sector from the University of Exeter.

The following types of devices can be deployed, subject to permits issued by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners:

  • Sea-surface vehicle/vessel;
  • Sea-subsurface vehicle/vessel;
  • System connectors and umbilicals;
  • Subsystem tools;
  • Prospective demonstration devices.

    Thanks to the pre-consented status, the application process for deployment on FaBTest is relatively straight forward. The application requires evidence of engineering due diligence, environmental and other risk assessments, as well as deployment and decommissioning plans and evidence of required insurance and financial bonds.