Capt. David J Patraiko, Master Mariner, Director of Projects at The Nautical Institute , talks about initiatives taken to address e-navigation challenges in the smart shipping era. One important initiative was the introduction of S-More ten years ago, due for adoption at IMO next year. S-Mode aims to improve mariner’s daily life, making familiarization with the different interfaces easier.
NAVCEN, in collaboration with the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, developed a program to identify vessels that have not reported their Long Range Identification and Tracking status and are not in compliance with 33 CFR §169.230. Once notified, the USCG will enforce the LRIT reporting requirement.
The Ice-class passenger ferry Suomenlinna II was remotely piloted through test area near Helsinki harbour. This was the world’s first remote trial for an existing passenger ferry, which aimed to prove that human oversight of vessels remotely is achievable with today’s technologies.
Mr. Tor Svanes, CEO, NAVTOR, notes that passage planning is a huge administrative burden for operators and further talks about key issues to consider when providing e-navigation solutions for vessels. In addition, he mentions that although technology offers benefits for shipping and automation is approaching, human element should always be at the center of attention.
A new Unmanned Surface Vessel or inland waterways surveying has presented its ability to follow programmed survey missions. Micro Rapid Environmental Assessment Vessel (mREAV) is also able to provide live survey data, in order to create precise bathymetries in shallow-water or dangerous environments.
Rolls-Royce announced that in collaboration with Finferries presented the world’s first fully remote and autonomous ferry. The ferry is part of the Project SVAN (Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation), which tests the findings from the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) research project.
A new type of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) has been successfully tested off the Orkney Isles in northern Scotland during a marine robot demonstration coordinated by the UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC). The trial seeks to help the Royal Navy better understand how to deploy and operate marine autonomous systems.
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard delivered the world’s first intelligent very large ore carrier (iVLOC) to China Merchants Energy Shipping Company. ‘Pacific Vision’ features an integration platform, a smart navigation decision support system, a ship energy efficiency management and optimization system, and smart-vessel operation and maintenance system.
Wärtsilä, the technology group, conducted a successful round of tests on its automated dock-to-dock solution. The system was tested on ‘Folgefonn’ ferry, which visited all three ports serviced by the vessel, with the autonomous operation being utilised uninterrupted for the entire route.
The UK Hydrographic Office handed over marine geospatial data to the Guyanese Government after a campaign of hydrographic surveying. The data, which was collected for four months between 2016 and 2017, will initially be used to update nautical charts of the Demerara River.
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