Elements of Smart Shipping

AuthorsGerrit van der Want, Thijs Hasselaar
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 127
Date13 Sep 2019
Unmanned engine rooms and navigational decision support has been common practice in the marine industry for many years. In parallel, autonomous components have been developed in the automotive industry, and the safety benefits resulting from these, have led to similar systems for ships. Important elements of these systems are situational awareness, collision avoidance and remote monitoring & control. For such systems to gain acceptance, the performance, safety and regulations need to be further improved and established. Simulation is the key to assist in this. Collision avoidance is discussed on Page 10, and here we highlight MARIN’s work regarding situational awareness and monitoring & control.


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Thijs Hasselaar

Senior Project Manager

Intelligent Situational AwarenessModule

In order to help in this development MARIN is taking the first steps to create a realistic simulation model setup for our holistic, autonomous design & verification simulation testbed. In this simulation, collision avoidance algorithms, path planning autopilots or complete autonomous control systems can be tested and verified in any environment and under realistic traffic situations. Realistic situational awareness information is therefore crucial. AIS and RADAR sensors alone are not sufficiently accurate in many situations.
MARIN Smart Shipping

The unmanned RHIB controlled remotely

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