Autonomous Maritime Systems Laboratory (AMSL)

AMSL is a University of Tasmania collaboration within the College of Science and Engineering, sponsored by the Australian Maritime College(AMC) and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS).  

Evolving from a world-leading operator of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) in extreme polar environments and Australia’s leading AUV training program, AMSL has expanded into commercial maritime industries and the defence sector as a trusted provider of integrated robotics and sensor networks. 

Key areas of services available through AMSL include:



  • Polar Ice Shelf Cavity Exploration 
  • Antarctic and Southern Ocean Marine Science
  • Coastal environmental monitoring
  • Offshore infrastructure inspections
  • Full spectrum AMS training

AMSL is situated at the UTAS Newnham Campus, operating as a facility of the National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics. AMSL is governed by an Advisory Committee reporting to an Executive consisting of the AMC Principal and IMAS Executive Director. AMSL business is administered through AMC-Search, the training and consultancy division of AMC

The AMSL AUV Fleet

Explorer nupiri muka

nupiri muka, which means 'Eye of the Sea' in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines is designed to operate in difficult marine conditions, in very deep water and beneath floating ice shelves.

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REMUS 100

The Hydroid REMUS-100 is a low-logistics option that is ideal for survey, mapping and environmental monitoring tasks for marine research, defence, hydrographic and offshore/energy industries.

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Blue ROVs

The Blue Robotics BlueROVs are a small but capable open-platform remotely operated vehicle providing a stable platform for subsea imaging, inspection, and interaction. Units can be customized for job-specific tasks as required.

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AMSL Services

Antarctic Research Services

Antarctic Research Services

Research services
Training and PD

Training and PD

Training Services
Deep Ocean Survey

Deep Ocean Survey

Seafloor Survey
Inspection and Monitoring

Inspection and Monitoring

Pipeline Survey
Autonomy Research

Autonomy Research

Environmental Assessments

The AMSL Team

Damien Guihen

Damien Guihen

AMS Specialist
Isak Bowden-Floyd

Isak Bowden-Floyd

AUV Engineer
Reuben Kent

Reuben Kent

Project Engineer
Rowan Frost

Rowan Frost

Project Engineer