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First ever autonomous vessel trials held in the North Sea by a Dutch consortium

AuthorsJohan de Jong, Dimitri van Heel
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 127
Date13 Sep 2019
As part of the Autonomous Shipping JIP, which began in November 2017, a unique series of autonomous operations’ trials were prepared in the MARIN bridge simulator and held at sea recently (see also pages 6-8). A number of challenging nautical scenarios were executed to determine how a vessel interacts with seagoing traffic.


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Dimitri van Heel

Senior Project Manager/Teamleider

Testing on the MARIN bridgesimulator

The nautical benchmark scenarios were developed by MARIN and tested on our full mission bridge simulator. They examined the ability of a vessel to avoid contact and vessel collisions, whilst applying the rules of the road at sea (COLREGS) and good seamanship. To this end, the autonomous system, (provided by project partner Robosys), was connected to the bridge simulator next to other safety enhancing systems.
MARIN Autonomous shipping

Scenario real-life run - third ship on port side, overtaking Seazip

MARIN - Autonomous Shipping
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