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Underwater Robotics Market Research Report Information By Type (Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV)), By Category (Lightweight/Man portable, Heavy-Weight, and Extra Large), By Application (Search and Salvage, Archaeology and Exploration, Survey, Inspection, Security, Surveillance, Environmental Assessment, and Others), By Depth Capacity (Less than 1000 Mts, 1000 Mts to 5000 Mts, and More than 5000 Mts), By End User (Commercial Exploration, Defense & Security, and Scientific & Academic Research), And By


ID: MRFR/SEM/6136-CR | 128 Pages | Author: Shubham Munde| March 2024

Global Underwater Robotics Market Overview


Underwater Robotics Market Size was valued at USD 2,619.7 million in 2022. The Underwater Robotics market industry is projected to grow from USD 2,792.9 million in 2023 to USD 8,916.2 million by2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2 % during the forecast period (2023 -2032). Rising need for continuous surveillance at submerged ocean areas, increasing demand for underwater robots from military & defense vertical, and increase in use of underwater robotics by the oil & gas industry to increase the safety of the workers are the key market drivers boosting the growth of the Underwater Robotics market.


 As per Analyst at MRFR “The Underwater Robotics Market is witnessing substantial growth driven by increasing demand for underwater exploration and maintenance activities. Technological advancements, such as AI and machine learning, are enhancing the capabilities of underwater robots for various applications, including oil and gas exploration, marine research, and defense operations. Key players are investing in developing advanced autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to cater to diverse industry needs. Growing concerns about environmental conservation and marine resource management are also driving market expansion.”


FIGURE 1: UNDERWATER ROBOTICS MARKET SIZE 2018-2032 (USD MILLION)


UNDERWATER ROBOTICS MARKET SIZE 2018-2030


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Underwater Robotics Market Trends



  • Technical Advancements in Sensors And Imaging System.


Recent years have seen a significant increase in interest in underwater study due to the richness of minerals and other vital resources. With the use of contemporary electronic oceanographic instruments, scientists are now able to see the lowest points in the ocean. Researchers can measure and record the deep-sea environment and tidal data by using electronic equipment with low-power, precise, and delicate sensors to gather vital data. Currently, underwater robots are able to dive and navigate down to 6,000 meters below the surface of the ocean. However, extremely sophisticated sensors and imaging systems are needed to carry out deep-sea scientific activities. This has given underwater robot manufacturers the chance to design and integrate extremely sophisticated sensor modules and imaging systems into their products. The common types of sensors used in underwater robotics, such as A compass (gyrocompass or magnetic) estimates magnetic north; The inertial measurement unit (IMU) measures the vehicle's linear acceleration and angular velocity. Water pressure and depth are measured via the depth sensor. Forward-looking sonar identifies the existence of obstructions as well as the distance from the seafloor. Estimates of vehicle velocity relative to the seafloor and relative water motion from Doppler velocity logs (DVLs) A global positioning system (GPS) is a navigation system that uses satellites to determine the location of a vehicle. Acoustic positioning: uses acoustics to establish the vehicle's position; and Vision systems (cameras) perform activities such as pipeline visual tracking, station keeping, visual serving, and picture mosaicking. 


Underwater Robotics Market Segment Insights:


Underwater Robotics Type Insights


Based on type, the Underwater Robotics Market segmentation includes Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). The Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) held the majority share in 2022, contributing around ~78.1% to the market revenue. An underwater vehicle known as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is usually tethered to a ship using a tether management system (TMS) and several cables. Remote vehicle navigation is made possible by these cables, which transfer command and control signals between the operator and the ROV. This underwater robot is uninhabited and fitted with sampling instruments and sensors to gather several kinds of data. This apparatus finds numerous uses in the oil and gas sector, such as subsea structural examination and maintenance, FPSO rigs, hull examination and cleansing, knowledge of hull and vertical structures, examination of submerged structures, and hydraulic dams.


The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) holds the largest market share in the underwater robotics industry for several reasons such as ROVs are highly versatile and can be used in a wide range of applications. They are capable of performing intricate tasks such as underwater inspections, repairs, maintenance, and data collection. Their versatility makes them suitable for various industries, including oil and gas, marine research, defense, and offshore industries. ROV technology has been around for several decades and has undergone significant advancements. These vehicles have a well-established track record in the industry and are widely used by companies and organizations for underwater operations. The reliability and proven performance of ROVs have contributed to their dominant market share. ROVs are designed to operate at different depths, ranging from shallow waters to extreme depths in the ocean. They can withstand high pressure and harsh environmental conditions, allowing them to explore and work in deep-sea environments where human divers cannot reach. The ability to operate at various depths gives ROVs a significant advantage over other underwater robotic systems.


FIGURE 2: UNDERWATER ROBOTICS MARKET, BY TYPE, 2022 VS2032 (USD MILLION)


 UNDERWATER ROBOTICS MARKET, BY TYPE, 2022 VS2032


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Underwater Robotics Category Insights


Based on category, the Underwater Robotics Market segmentation includes Lightweight/Man portable, Heavy-Weight, and Extra Large. The Heavy-Weight held the majority share in 2022. Heavyweight autonomous underwater vehicles are used for longer operations that need for endurances of 40–80 hours. They usually weigh between 5,000 and 10,000 kg. Large underwater robots carry out similar tasks to the smaller classes but on a larger and longer scale. They are either launched from a submarine or deployed by crane. One excellent example of a versatile large-diameter underwater robot is Boeing Defense's Echo Ranger, a 5,000 kg rectangular underwater robot that resembles a small whale. A Boeing datasheet states that the Echo Ranger has an active seawater ballast and trim system that enables it to self-stabilize to a maximum depth of 10,000 feet and can carry weights of up to 250 kg.


The US Navy is currently developing a large new diameter unmanned underwater vehicle (LDUUV), which was produced between 2021 and 2022. According to a 2015 report published in the International Journal of Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence, the goal of the LDUUV project is to "conduct missions longer than 70 days in open ocean and littoral seas, being fully autonomous, long-endurance, land-launched with advanced sensing for littoral environments.


Underwater Robotics Application Insights


Based on application, the Underwater Robotics Market segmentation includes Search and Salvage, Archaeology and Exploration, Survey, Inspection, Security, Surveillance, Environmental Assessment, and Others. The Security held the majority share in 2022. Port security frequently uses underwater robotics. The robot's original purpose was to check for fractures in nuclear reactor water tanks. However, it may also check ships for the false propeller shafts and hulls that smugglers frequently use to hide illegal goods. The robots' diminutive size and special propulsion system, which leaves no apparent wake, might theoretically allow them to be concealed amid clumps of algae or other forms of camouflage. They may swarm over ships in port in large numbers without warning smugglers or permitting them to evacuate their goods.


Underwater Robotics Depth Capacity Insights


Based on depth capacity, the Underwater Robotics Market segmentation includes Less than 1000 Mts, 1000 Mts to 5000 Mts, and More than 5000 Mts. The 1000 Mts to 5000 Mts held the majority share in 2022. The robotic system is designed and manufactured to withstand the stresses and climatic conditions that are commonly encountered within a depth range of 1000 to 5000 meters. The robot's design, materials, and parts would be chosen with its performance and integrity at depths of up to 5000 meters in mind. Such depths are beyond the capabilities of most underwater robotic systems, and in order to ensure their viability for deep sea research or other demanding applications, these systems must undergo extensive testing and engineering.


Underwater Robotics End User Insights


Based on end user, the Underwater Robotics Market segmentation includes Commercial Exploration, Defense & Security, and Scientific & Academic Research. The Commercial Exploration held the majority share in 2022. ICE vehicles are powered by traditional internal combustion engines fueled by gasoline or diesel. The growth of the ICE subsegment is attributed to the continued dominance of ICE vehicles in the global automotive market. BBW systems offer improved braking performance, responsiveness, and control, contributing to overall vehicle safety and performance.


Underwater Robotics Regional Insights


By Region, the study provides market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of world. The Asia pacific Underwater Robotics market accounted for ~33.9% in 2022. the region's large Underwater Robotics industries, as well as the growing popularity of Automation and underwater research. The use of Underwater Robotics is expected to grow significantly in the coming years as companies seek to improve efficiency, productivity, and safety in their material handling and transportation operations.


The Asia Pacific is the dominant region in the market due to the expanding use of underwater robotics in Défense and oil & gas exploration activities in nations like China, Japan, South Korea, and India, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to develop over the projection period. For sophisticated military, commercial, and scientific needs such surveillance, intelligence, mine countermeasures, investigation, oceanography, communication/navigation, and anti-submarine warfare, governments in a number of Asia-Pacific nations have been investing in this technology.


Europe is the second dominant region in the market due to increasing offshore oil and gas exploration activities in several countries of the region. To collect production data quickly, oil and gas companies in Europe are deploying robotics automation technologies, like underwater robotics, in their offshore operations. Organizations can optimize dispatch and routes by eliminating trips to oil and gas sites by implementing automation, which allows for remote data collection. The energy sector in the UK is growing and demanding the underwater robots to be installed as these robots have widespread construction, maintenance, and engineering applications in the energy and telecom sectors. The companies of the UK, such as Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd and BAE Systems PLC, have a presence in the underwater robotics market across the globe by which the profit gets added to the country’s economy. Also, The Maritime Robotics Laboratory at the University of Southampton is working on technologies to develop the next generation of ocean robots, which will increase the understanding of the oceans, capable of exploring locations that are too dangerous or remote for manned vehicles.


FIGURE 3: UNDERWATER ROBOTICS MARKET SIZE BY REGION 2022 VS2032 (USD Million)


UNDERWATER ROBOTICS MARKET SIZE BY REGION 2022 VS2032


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database, and Analyst Review


Further, the major countries studied in the market report are the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, France, and Italy, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Middle East & Africa, South America.


Due to the US Navy's increased use of UAVs for security and surveillance as well as the oil and gas industry's use of them for oil field exploration, North America is one of the major regions for the underwater robotics market. The region's oil and gas sector also use underwater robotics as inspection robots. These robots are designed and used to survey, monitor, and examine the oil and gas industry. The North American area is leading the underwater robotics market due to the growing use of intelligent robotics in the oil and gas industry and the Navy. The global market is significantly populated by regional firms including Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., Bluefin Robotics, and Schilling Robotics, LLC. The adoption of automation in mining and water treatment, metals & minerals processing, and bio-industries are some of the factors responsible for market growth. Additionally, the presence of various underwater robots operating companies in the country is also fuelling the growth of the market. Some of the players, such as International Submarine Engineering Ltd and Inuktun Services Ltd, are contributing significantly to the market in Canada.


Underwater Robotics Key Market Players& Competitive Insights


With a strong presence across different verticals and geographies, the Underwater Robotics market is highly competitive and dominated by established, pure-play vendors. The vendors cater to this market, and they continually innovate their solutions to meet the evolving needs of businesses by adopting new technologies. These vendors have a robust geographic footprint and partner ecosystem to cater to diverse customer segments. The Underwater Robotics market is highly competitive, with many vendors offering similar products and services.


The major players in the market include Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., Bluefin Robotics Corporation (General Dynamics Mission Systems), Eca Group (Exail), Oceaneering International, Inc., Saab AB (Saab Seaeye Limited), Schilling Robotics, LLC (TechnipFMC plc), and Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. Industries Corporation constantly takes on new challenges to ensure the stability of its management foundation by extending its reach into business fields such as engine production, vehicle assembly, and the development and production of lift trucks and car air-conditioning compressors. It concentrates on broadening its product offerings to reach new audiences in the global market.


The Underwater Robotics Market is consolidated, increasing competition, acquisitions, mergers, and other strategic market developments and decisions to improve operational effectiveness.


Key Companies in the Underwater Robotics market include.



  • Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc.

  • Bluefin Robotics Corporation (General Dynamics Mission Systems)

  • Eca Group (Exail)

  • Oceaneering International, Inc.

  • Saab AB (Saab Seaeye Limited)

  • Schilling Robotics, LLC (TechnipFMC plc)

  • Forum Energy Technologies, Inc.

  • Konsberg

  • Fugro

  • ATLAS MARIDAN Aps (thyssenkrupp)

  • International Submarine Engineering

  • Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd.

  • Shandong Future Robot Co., Ltd

  • Nauticus Robotics

  • Deep Trekker Inc. (Halma)


Underwater Robotics Industry Developments



  • In April 2023, DeepOcean has operated its first autonomous inspection drone (AID) for checking on offshore wind farms and other oil and gas assets. The AID will conduct offshore trials in the upcoming months after being deployed on board the Edda Fauna subsea Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair and Remotely Operated Vehicle support vessel.

  • In January 2023, three 200HP Perry XLX-C work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from Forum Energy Technologies (FET) have been delivered to OceanPact, a Brazilian company. The equipment will be installed on two OceanPact's vessels to support inspection, repair, and maintenance services for the state-owned oil company's (Petrobras) oilfields. They were created at FET's UK factory in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire.


Underwater Robotics Market Segmentation


Global Underwater Robotics Type Outlook



  • Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV)

  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV)


Global Underwater Robotics Category Outlook



  • Lightweight/Man portable

  • Heavy-Weight

  • Extra Large


Global Underwater Robotics Application Outlook



  • Search and Salvage

  • Archaeology and Exploration

  • Survey

  • Inspection

  • Security

  • Surveillance

  • Environmental Assessment

  • Others


Global Underwater Robotics Depth Capacity Outlook



  • Less than 1000 Mts

  • 1000 Mts to 5000 Mts

  • More than 5000 Mts


Global Underwater Robotics End User Outlook



  • Commercial Exploration

  • Defense & Security

  • Scientific & Academic Research


Underwater Robotics Regional Outlook




  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

    • Mexico




  • Europe

    • UK

    • Germany

    • France

    • Italy

    • Rest of Europe




  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • South Korea

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific




  • Rest of world

    • Middle East & Africa

    • South America

    • rest of the world



Report Attribute/Metric Details
Market Size 2022 USD 2,619.7 million
Market Size 2023 USD 2,792.9 million
Market Size2032 USD 11,609.3 million
Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 17.2% (2023-2030)
Base Year 2022
Market Forecast Period 2023-2030
Historical Data 2018- 2022
Market Forecast Units Value (USD Million)
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Market Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
Segments Covered Type, Category, Application, Depth Capacity, End User, and Region
Geographies Covered North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World
Countries Covered The US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Middle East & Africa, South America
Key Companies Profiled Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. Bluefin Robotics Corporation (General Dynamics Mission Systems), Eca Group (Exail), Oceaneering International, Inc., Saab AB (Saab Seaeye Limited), Schilling Robotics, LLC (TechnipFMC plc), Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., Konsberg, Fugro, ATLAS MARIDAN Aps (thyssenkrupp), International Submarine Engineering, Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd., Shandong Future Robot Co., Ltd, Nauticus Robotics, and Deep Trekker Inc. (Halma)
Key Market Opportunities ·       Technical advancements in sensors and imaging systems
Key Market Dynamics ·       rising Need for continuous surveillance at submerged ocean areas ·       Increasing Demand for underwater robots from military & defense vertical ·       Increase in use of underwater robotics by the oil & gas industry to increase the safety of the workers


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The Underwater Robotics Market size is expected to be valued at USD 2,619.7 Million in 2022.

The global market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 17.2% during the forecast period, 2023-2030.

The Asia Pacific had the largest share of the global market.

The key players in the market Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. Bluefin Robotics Corporation (General Dynamics Mission Systems), Eca Group (Exail), Oceaneering International, Inc., Saab AB (Saab Seaeye Limited), Schilling Robotics, LLC (TechnipFMC plc), Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., Konsberg, Fugro, ATLAS MARIDAN Aps (thyssenkrupp), International Submarine Engineering, Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd., Shandong Future Robot Co., Ltd, Nauticus Robotics, and Deep Trekker Inc. (Halma).

Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) dominated the market in 2022.

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