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Wednesday, May 8, 2019 

Sea Machines Robotics, a Boston, US-based developer of autonomous vessel technology, has appointed Don Black as VP sales and marketing, reporting to Founder and CEO Michael G Johnson.

Black has responsibility for the company’s global sales of Sea Machines autonomous-command and remote-control products for commercial workboats. He also has special oversight for supporting the development of the company’s advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for commercial ships and vessels, currently being trialed aboard an AP Moller-Maersk container ship.

“Don joins us in what is and will be a significant year in the development of this company,” said Johnson. “With his guidance, we will unquestionably prove to the industry, our investors and the public that Sea Machines autonomous technologies bring real value to commercial marine operators by way of increased capability, productivity, predictability and safety. Don joins us armed with the experience of leading a successful startup and overseeing global business development and sales programs, making him an outstanding addition to the team.”

“I am excited to join the Sea Machines team during a time when the company is having so much revolutionary impact on the commercial marine sector," Black said. "With tangible products available now for workboats and industry-altering technology under development, I am enthusiastic to support Sea Machines' continuing rapid growth.”

Black’s notable career roles include global SVP of sales, marketing and business development for Navionics and CEO/president of startup Sea Wave.

Sea Machines’ SM series of products provides task-driven, computer-guided vessel control, bringing advanced autonomy within reach for small- and large-scale operations. These products can be installed aboard existing or new-build commercial vessels with return on investment typically seen within a year. The company is currently developing advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types, including container ships.

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