The Port of Rotterdam will use a new digital technology will help ships arriving to the Port, in their port planning. This technology aims to assist vessels adjust speed as the actors exchange planned arrival time automatically. Namely, Sea Traffic Management, STM, and Port of Rotterdam have established electronic exchange of arrival times between ships and port.
The US Navigation Center posted informed that the Global Positioning Systems Directorate will propose a change to the Navstar GPS Control Segment to User Support Community Interfaces, Interface Control Documents that will remove Section One from the GPS Operational Advisory.
UK-based autonomous systems provider ASV Global is leading a new £1.2 million research project in partnership with compatriot BMT to enhance safety and reliability of autonomous navigation, through the use of deep learning machine vision systems trained with simulated and real-world data.
PortMiami will use NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, in order to ensure that super-sized ships coming through the recently expanded Panama Canal can enter more safely and efficiently the Miami seaport. PORTS will provide ship operators with real-time information that can help them better plan their transit and prevent accidents in and around the port.
Peel Ports Group and ASV joined forces to develop the use of autonomous vessel technology in UK ports operations. The partnership is expected to encourage shared learning and address the challenges relating to using autonomous vessels, as well as to explore possibilities for collaborative development projects.
Interest groups, port authorities and private companies have jointly adopted standards for nautical port information. This development is very important for optimising port calls. The standards review which system is referred to for water depths and how to communicate admission policies and vessel’s arrival and departure times in the ports.
The Safe Seas – Connected Coasts 2018-2023 Strategy will implement a new and existing navigation technology, engineering and data management solutions to enable Safe Navigation at Sea for commercial shipping, fishing, leisure craft and passenger vessels. The Safe Seas – Connected Coasts Strategy includes upgraded lighthouse stations and navigation buoys with energy efficient LED technology.
Terms ‘remote-controlled’, ‘unmanned’, ‘automated’ and ‘autonomous’ have all been used when describing the new technology, but they all mean very different things. It is very possible that, in the future, vessels could be remote-controlled but still retain some onboard manning. Or perhaps they will be traditionally manned, where autonomous systems are used as a decision support tool.
The early results from STM projects indicate that e-navigation is the way forward. HELCOM is looking forward to seeing more results and concrete implementation in the Baltic, where almost 7% of the world’s total goods volume is transported.
Norwegian companies Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg are cooperating and have created an autonomous shipping joint venture, called “Massterly”. The new company will offer services for autonomous ships, including design and development, control systems, logistics services and vessel operations. The new company will start operations from August 2018.
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