• 2018 November 8 12:14

    RH Marine begins study to ensure safe autonomous sailing of ships

    RH Marine studies safe autonomous sailingRH Marine says it has started a 3 year research in order to let ships sail autonomously in a safe way. The study aims to develop algorithms which enable unmanned self-propelled vessels to sail efficiently from A to B, which recognize dangerous situations and learn to avoid these dangers.

    The research is part of the larger European project Safer Autonomous Systems (SAS) under the direction of the KU Leuven (BE), in which the safety of various autonomous systems is being researched. A consortium of companies participates in the project, including MIRA, Bosch, Airbus, Jaguar and Lloyd’s Register. RH Marine, together with the Dutch maritime research institute MARIN, focuses on the safety of unmanned self-propelled vessels. The project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program, which couples and stimulates research and innovation.

    RH Marine is a leading integrator of electrical and automation systems in super yacht, dredging and offshore industry and the defence, safety and security sectors. ,,We have been approached for this project because of these experience and our expertise in the field of innovation,” says Portfolio Manager Marcel Vermeulen of RH Marine. ,,We are already developing complex systems for naval, dredging, offshore and super yacht sector. Our future goal is to enable our customer’s vessels to sail autonomously. By participating in SAS, we can make significant strides in that ambition.”

    The major aim of the SAS project is to establish confidence in the safety of autonomous systems. For this objective, RH Marine’s will develop three different algorithms. The first is to optimize the way from A to B for autonomous vessels, so that they sail as efficiently as possible at the lowest possible cost. This algorithm must be able to operate an entire fleet. In addition, the research must lead to an algorithm that, based on the data from sensors, can develop a complete situational awareness, which can assess actual situations and learn to recognize hazards. The third algorithm must avoid those hazards. ,,That is still the missing link for many systems,” Vermeulen knows. ,,Eventually, the ship has to decide for itself what it will do in difficult situations. Sometimes, besides following all the rules, good seamanship is decisive. Thus, with Artificial Intelligence-technology we have to develop an algorithm that operates smarter but recognisable for humans.”

    The next three years a PhD student will be appointed, who will work on the three algorithms together with the RH Marine development team. The researcher’s job includes short internships at KU Leuven, MARIN and Lloyd’s Register. ,,Lloyd’s participation in the consortium is important because all kinds of regulations will have to be adapted for autonomous sailing. That too is being surveyed,” explains Vermeulen.

    SAS is a so-called Early-Stage Research (ESR). The ultimate goal is to prove by model-based safety-analysis techniques that the behaviour of an autonomous vessel remains safe under all possible conditions.

    Several companies in the world are engaged in similar projects for autonomous sailing, for instance in studies for self-propelled container vessels. Vermeulen: ,,With this project, Europe can take the lead. We already have the technology to operate ships remotely, so that they can sail unmanned. What we are going to research in the coming years is how to sail in a safe way entirely autonomously.”




2019 April 24

17:07 Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA concludes the first contract of affreightment for its CLEANBU fleet
17:05 Oceaneering takes delivery of the advanced subsea construction support vessel
16:37 COSCO SHIPPING signs a strategic cooperation agreement with Yangzhou
16:34 MOL co-own world 6 largest Liquified Ethan Carrier with Reliance
16:26 Port of Vysotsk three-month cargo throughput rose 12% to 5 million tonnes
16:05 Tanjung Bruas Port expands its services to container ships
15:46 HMM to expand cooperation with FESCO
14:41 Primorsk oil port’s throughput rose 5% in Jan-Mar to 14 million tonnes
14:29 Rosmorport picks Oil Terminal Lavna to provide berths for its ships docking in Murmansk
13:42 Ust-Luga Port’s three-month volume up 8% to more than 26 million tonnes
13:35 Port of St.-Petersburg Q1 cargo volumes rise 3% to 14.26 million tonnes
13:22 FPU Akademik Lomonosov completed trials of nuclear power plant
13:03 Russian Gov’t released orders on the purchase of domestically-produced equipment for transport infrastructure expansion programme
12:47 VDB to develop design of an 18MW icebreaker for Rosmorport
11:18 Daltransugol terminal reaches 150-millionth-tonne milestone since the facility commissioning
10:11 Crude oil futures edge down to $ 74,16 (Brent) and to $ 65,95 (WTI)
10:07 Global Ship Lease announces new long-term charter agreement with Maersk Line
10:03 Baltic Dry Index gains 31 pts to 821 points
09:07 Long Beach Harbor Commission approves new Strategic Plan
09:03 Bunker Market this morning 24th April
08:07 GTT receives a new order from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to design the tanks of an LNG Carrier for NYK
07:37 CMA CGM to apply GRI for frozen seafood and snow crab exports from Canada East Coast to worldwide destinations (excluding Africa, EEA, Russia and USA)

2019 April 23

18:24 Russia’s inland waterways Moscow basin ready to open for navigation as of April 24
18:16 NOVATEK’s AGM approves 2018 dividends
17:36 ABS, Google Cloud and SoftServe Partner to demonstrate feasibility of AI-enabled corrosion detection on ships and offshore structures
17:10 NOVATEK elects new board of directors
17:06 Fincantieri acquires control of Insis
16:47 President Vladimir Putin takes part in keel-laying ceremony for frigate duo at Severnaya Verft in St. Petersburg
16:40 SITC holds naming & delivery ceremony for M/V “SITC SHIDAO”
15:08 Kozmino Oil Port conducts the OSR drills
14:12 Zelenodolsk Shipyard to authenticate keel of 10th Grachonok-class counter-sabotage boat
13:31 Far Eastern ports see bunker price mixed movements
13:04 NSCP BoD vote to pull out of Novorossiysk Grain Terminal
13:02 RoRo MV joins Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s fleet
12:26 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning 23rd April
12:18 Nizhny Novgorod water development project task team eases most of environmental concerns
12:15 Wallenius and Swedish Orient Line form new Swedish shipping company – WALLENIUS SOL
11:24 Crude oil futures gain to $ 74,31 (Brent) and to $ 65,87 (WTI)
10:53 Albwardy Damen receives MASTECH award for the new Damen Multibuster 8020
10:51 RZD president slams proposal to ban the rail transport discounts during inland navigation period
10:08 RSPP to submit to Russian Gov’t water transport development proposals after May 22
09:27 Qatar Petroleum initiates LNG ship construction program for 100+ new LNG carriers
09:16 Port of St. Petersburg joins the city-wide subbontik
08:23 North Carolina Ports welcomes first 12,000 TEU vessel

2019 April 22

18:29 President Vladimir Putin to kick off loading of an LNG cargo to Coral Anthelia in Vysotsk, April 24
18:04 Bahri explores maritime opportunities in Africa at Logismed
16:57 Federation Council approves the crab fishing quotas bill
14:45 Newspaper of Sea Port of St. Petersburg receives Best Corporate Edition 2018 Award
14:27 MOL to install AR navigation system on 21 VLCCs
14:26 Spot market price for Russian M100 product ended week lower at an average of RUB 19,431 pmt
13:07 Nobel Bros Shipyard re-launches refurbished pusher OTA-953
13:01 Seadrill Partners LLC receives early termination notice for the West Capricorn contract
12:06 Rosmorport invites to submit proposals for LS marine fuel supply at Sakhalin based Port of Shakhtersk
12:00 BP and partners sanction $6 billion Azeri Central East development offshore Azerbaijan
11:10 Int’l Neva 2019 Expo to present the hall of small crafts building achievements
11:00 Saudi Aramco to acquire Shell’s share of the SASREF refining joint venture
10:26 Crude oil futures soar to $ 73,81 (Brent) and to $ 65,53 (WTI)
10:05 DEME Offshore announces Moray East wind farm Tier One suppliers
09:58 Eni, CDP, Fincantieri and Terna join forces to develop power plants on an industrial scale
08:25 Mitsubishi Shipbuilding holds christening ceremony for next-generation LNG carrier "Diamond Gas Sakura"