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Monday, October 16, 2017

Autonomous Surface Vehicles

ENSTA Bretagne wins SAUC-Europe ‘16 at CMRE

ENSTA Bretagne Team  Photo CMRE

Team ENSTA Bretagne from France won the 11th edition SAUC-E competition, the Student Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge - Europe.  The 2nd prize went to the Tom Kyle team, from the University of Applied Sciences of Kiel (Germany). The UNIFI team with the robot Marta from the University of Florence was awarded the 3rd prize. The other prizes were awarded to: the AUGA team, from the University of Vigo with ACSM, that won the “Collaborator Award”; the ROBOTUIC team, from International University of Canarias, that won the “Rookie of the Year Award”; the ENSTA Bretagne team 2, from France, that won the “Tenacity Award”; the UnivPM team, from University-Polytechnic of Marche, that won the “Innovation Award”; the UWE team, from the University of the West of England, that won the “Persistence Award”; the UNIFI team, from the University of Florence, that won the “Data Visualisation Award”. The first three winners’ prizes for the main competition are 2000, 1000 and 500 Euros to be used to improve their equipment for future competitions. One team, ROBOTUIC from International University of Canarias, was at its first participation in SAUC-E. SAUC-E ‘16 also hosted for the second time two teams (University of Florence, University-Polytechnic of Marche) from Italy, which is the venue country for the competition.

ASV Completes GoM Monitoring

Gulf of Mexico monitoring

  ASV has collaborated with the Littoral Acoustic Demonstration Center Gulf Ecological Monitoring and Modeling (LADC-GEMM) consortium to conduct 10 days of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) data collection for its BP/Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) funded project. ASV worked closely with Seiche Measurements Limited to integrate its PAM technology on both the C-Worker 6 and C-Enduro Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASVs)

Autonomous Surveillance PowerBuoy Deployed Off NJ Coast

Power Buoy: Photo courtesy of OPT

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) have deployed the buoy 35 miles off the coast and in 43 meters of water depth, to perform in-ocean tests on its proprietary APB to further validate the technology's capacity for expanded ocean surveillance. This latest deployment is in connection with a previously-announced Cooperative Research and Development Agreement ("CRADA") with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Science & Technology Directorate ("S&T")

Project Studies Collision Avoidance for Advanced Ships

The Department of Engineering Cybernetics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is leading a new Knowledge-Building Project for Industry that will study collision avoidance for advanced ships. The AUTOSEA project is sponsored by the Research Council of Norway with DNV GL, Kongsberg Maritime and Maritime Robotics as industry partners. The Maritime industry has seen an increasing focus on safety and reliability over many decades

NASA to Further Develop Titan Submarine Design

Image: Titan submarine. By NASA

 Step forward the Titan Submarine, a proposal that NASA has just awarded a second round of funding through their Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. It is very much just a concept at the moment, but it is promising nonetheless.   Aside from Earth, Titan is the only place in the solar system that has bodies of liquid on its surface, making it a rather attractive place to explore. But while a number of proposals have been put forward to take a closer look

Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight, set throughout the bay.   Australian and British autonomous underwater vehicle teams used remote environmental monitoring units to scan the bay floor and identify mine-like objects.  

SNAME Focused Panel Sessions, 2009 Meeting

The focused panel sessions at the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers (SNAME) Annual Meeting and Expo (October 21-23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island) will feature four timely topics: Electric Ships; Renewable Energy from the Oceans; Unmanned and Autonomous Ships of the Future; and Ship Efficiency in the Greenhouse Gas Era. Each two-hour panel session will be chaired and moderated by experienced SNAME members

Meridian Recovers Body of Canadian First Nations Elder

Meridian Ocean Services said it recovered the body of Canadian First Nations Elder Solomon Roberts from the icy waters of Otter Lake in northern Saskatchewan. After searching more than 450 acres underwater, Meridian, a provider of subsea inspection and support services using remote and autonomous underwater vehicles, helped return Elder Roberts, of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, to his family. In November, 66-year-old Elder Roberts, from the town of Grandmother’s Bay

New Autonomous Control System Launched

Image: Sea Machines Robotics

Sea Machines Robotics of Cambridge, Mass. announced the release of its Autonomous Control System (ACS), an advanced vessel control system which converts manually piloted hulls to self-piloted Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs). It is designed to be integrated into company-developed Sea Machine USVs or other commercial production hulls. The ACS allows for seamless transition between unmanned and manned operations and can be integrated into most OEM vessels, including workboats, pleasure craft

Unmanned Aircraft to Take Off from Falkor

Chief Scientist Will Sager interpreting data in the control room Photo SCHMIDT OCEAN INSTITUTE

Research vessel Falkor leaves Darwin today to explore the poorly understood air-sea interactions across the Indian and Pacific Ocean. This research is very important in understanding the ocean’s role in global climate change. The exchange of energy and matter between the atmosphere and the ocean are particularly onerous requirements, and have largely been neglected in climate research. Chief Scientist Dr. Oliver Wurl

BMT Debuts VENARI-85 MCM Concept Design

(Image: BMT)

BMT has launched VENARI-85, a new mine countermeasure (MCM) concept design said it be capable of clearing mines faster over a greater area and with less risk to the crew, while simultaneously providing broader utility to navies around the world. According to BMT, VENARI-85 offers a flexible platform that is capable of a spectrum of roles which is future-proofed and able to evolve as technology advances in the unmanned and offboard systems markets take shape.  

Thales Invests to Advance Autonomy

(Copyright Thales)

Thales is announcing a major commitment to develop future autonomous and unmanned technology across air and sea by investing in two new UK-based trials and training centers.   Following Thales’s successful trials during the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise in 2016, Thales is now investing in two trials and training centres based in West Wales and in South-West England to test and develop autonomous systems for both military and civil activities.  

Yara Birkeland Model Commences Testing

(Photo: KONGSBERG)

A six meter long, 2.4 ton model of the final design of the autonomous and fully electric container vessel Yara Birkeland was revealed as testing commenced at SINTEF Ocean’s 80 meter test tank facility in Trondheim, September 28, 2017. It was also revealed that ENOVA, a Norwegian government enterprise responsible for promotion of environmentally friendly production and consumption of energy will support the project with a NOK 133 million ($16.7 million) financial contribution.  

Maritime Professionals See the Future Coming Fast

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Maritime professionals from all sectors operating sub IMO / sub 80 feet vessels are invited to participate in three one-day NEXT GENERATION Workshops. The dynamic program is being held at the Grand Harbour conference venue, overlooking the port of Southampton U.K., on October 24, 25 and 26, 2017.    The NEXT GEN Workshops each address aspects of operational safety for vessels, along with the safety and welfare of their crew and passengers

Apilot Autopilot: New Nav Tech for Autonomous Ships

Ship simulator. (Image: VTT Technical Research Center of Finland)

VTT Technical Research Center of Finland said it is developing steering for the remote-monitored and controlled autonomous ships of the future. The new technology has been developed for navigation systems and ship autopilots, which steer ships automatically. “VTT has deep knowledge of autonomous ship research concerning especially reliability and safety topics. Such special expertise has now led to the development of navigation systems for autonomous ships,” says Jussi Martio

Autonomous Workboats: The Future is Now

(Credit: Sea Machines)

Sea Machines is bringing autonomous self-driving systems to the world of workboats. At an impressive virtual reality demonstration seen late last year and then again at a frigid, late winter visit to the Boston waterfront, the future of workboat technology became all too evident for this writer. The late George Allen, former head coach of the Washington Redskins football team perhaps said it best when he coined the phrase, “The future is now

Rolls-Royce, Svitzer Trial Remote Controlled Tug Operations

Svitzer Hermod (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

 Earlier this year in Copenhagen Harbor, the 28-meter-long tug Svitzer Hermod berthed alongside the quay, undocked, turned 360 degrees and sailed back to Svitzer headquarters before docking again, all under remote operation while the captain was stationed quayside at the vessel’s remote base at Svitzer HQ.   Though a captain and crew remained on board throughout to ensure safe operation in the event of a system failure

AUSINDEX Strengthens Ties Between Aus, Indian Navies

HMAS Newcastle conduct officer of the watch manoeuvres with Indian Navy Ship INS Kamorta off the West Australian Exercise Areas (WAXA) as part of AUSINDEX. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

HMAS Newcastle’s capabilities proved invaluable during a complex warfare scenario involving Indian Navy Ships Shivalik and Kamorta during the Australia-India Exercise (AUSINDEX) held off the Western Australian coast.    The ships headed out to sea, after a short harbour phase, to focus on the navies’ interoperability and improvement on their war fighting skills.    Speaking from the bridge of Newcastle

MacGregor, ESL Shipping Pact on Autonomous Crane

Pic: Cargotec

 MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and ESL Shipping Oy, part of Aspo Plc, have agreed to jointly develop and test an autonomous discharging feature on MacGregor bulk handling cranes. It is designed to offer safety and efficiency advances.    The cranes will be fitted on board ESL Shipping's two new liquefied natural gas-powered handysize bulk carriers.   "Autonomous crane operation improves efficiency and safety," says Leif Byström, Senior Vice President

US Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Billings

Photo: United States Navy

 The Navy has christened its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, USS Billings (LCS 15),  in Marinette, Wisconsin.   The future USS Billings honors the largest city in Montana. It will be the first ship of its name in naval service.   The LCS class consists of two variants, the Freedom variant and the Independence variant, designed and built by two industry teams.    The Freedom variant team is led by Lockheed Martin (for the odd-numbered hulls, e.g

UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service

(Photo: BAE Systems)

The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year.   BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K.’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service.   Based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the South East of the Isle of Wight, BAE Systems will work with ASV Global (ASV)

ABS, Industry Partners to Advance Autonomous Shipping

Photo: ABS

ABS joined the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance to work with industry partners, including class organizations, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and designers to advance autonomous shipping. The design will integrate features of independent decision-making, autonomous navigation, environmental perception and remote control.   “Increased digitization, advanced technologies and new levels of connectivity are changing the way the maritime industry operates

Crowley’s Busch Joins Sea Machines’ Board

Todd Busch (Photo: Sea Machines)

Todd Busch, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Technical Services, at Crowley Maritime, has joined Sea Machines Robotics’ board of directors.   The Boston-based Sea Machines is building autonomous control technology for commercial vessels.   Busch, who joined Crowley in 1987 as an ordinary seaman, is currently responsible for naval architecture and marine engineering, government services, ship management, marine salvage and wreck removal

Autonomous Shipping: Don’t Miss the Boat

Yara Birkeland container feeder ship design (Image: Kongsberg)

The Norwegian company Yara is currently building a full-electrical containership fitted with an autonomous control system: the Yara Birkeland. During a recent visit to a major maritime conference, imagine my surprise when most attendees – some 200 executives from the maritime sector – discussed autonomous shipping in terms of its risks. The room seemed full of objections and doubts. What if the computer malfunctions? Somewhat understandable in view of the pressure put on the sector

Full-electric Autonomous Ferry Concept Launched

(Image: KONGSBERG)

KONGSBERG said it has signed a Research & Innovation (R&I) contract with technology acceleration organization PILOT-E for the development of zero emission, full-electric, autonomous ferry concepts. The overall vision for the PILOT-E Autonomous Ferry concept is to develop a state-of-the-art ferry as an integrated, zero emission aspect of a total national transportation plan.   The PILOT-E program, a collaboration between the Norwegian Research Council, Innovasjon Norge and Enova

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