Underwater vehicles are vital to port & harbour security, naval and scientific exploration, underwater cleaning etc. This fun-filled and challenging competition aims to introduce students to this fascinating world so that they can explore career opportunities in this field. The competition will spur interest and promote education in this area and motivate young and aspiring engineers and scientists to further pursue this field. The competition aims at the following long term goals

  • Address shortage of skilled individuals to support advanced marine engineering in Singapore
  • Reach more students & get them interested in the industry. Help students develop the skills to.
  • support marine engineering early on through fun filled activities.
  • Complement & expand educators’ knowledge and expertise in this field



2.1. The team of contestants have to design and build a remote operative vehicle (ROV) or an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Robots may incorporate both autonomous and remote control capabilities, but each robot may only have a single remote control unit. Regardless of the type of robots, they will compete within the same arena but AUV will be given bonus points. 2.2 The mission involves the picking up of as many objects (cargoes, one at a time) from the middle section of the tank and dropping them in baskets at either ends of the tank. At the end of each run the number of objects in each basket ideally should be equal. For both ROV and AUV, each pair (one in each basket) gets four (4) points and remaining unpaired objects in the basket get one point each. For AUV’s, they shall be awarded a bonus of two (2) points on condition that the robot(s) deliver(s) at least one (1) object into the basket. 2.3 While doing so they would have to maneuver through window frames which will be non magnetic on either sides of the tank. Hitting the windows will cause the team to loose points.


3.1.    The game will be played in an shaped tank of dimension: 1050mm x 500mm x 500mm. See Figure 1 for details.


Figure 1: Tank Dimensions (in mm)

3.2.    There shall be two rectangular window frames, 20mm thickness, and one on each section of the tank 400mm from the ends of the tank. See Figure 2 for detailed dimensions.

Figure 2 : Rectangular Window Dimensions (in mm)

3.3.    The centre section of the tank will have a bump which is 12.5mm in height.

3.4.    In the central area of the tank there shall be a cargo holder containing 16 objects arranged in a grid. This holder will be elevated from the tank floor by about 2 cm. See Figure 1 layout.

ROV Underwater Robot Challenge

AUV Underwater Robot Challenge