Sea Machines plans 1,000 nautical mile autonomous voyage around Denmark – ShipInsight
US developer of autonomous control systems Sea Machines Robotics announced a 1,000 nautical mile autonomous and remotely controlled trip around Denmark later this month. Appropriately named The Machine Odyssey, the journey marks a landing moment for autonomous transport and should prove that the world’s waterways are primed and ready for long-term self-reliance.
The Machine Odyssey will depart Hamburg, Germany on September 30, with full onboard control managed by autonomous technology, while operating under the authority of commanders located in the United States. The selected vessel is Nellie bly, a modern tug designed and built by Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands.
This trip aims to prove to the world, and in particular to the thousands of global companies that operate fleets of freighters, tugs, ferries and the many other types of commercial workboats, that operators can integrate autonomous technology into their operations. vessel operations for a host of technological advantages, ranging from improved safety and reliability to increased productivity and new capabilities on the water.
At the helm will be the Sea Machines SM300 range system, which will also use the latest long-range computer vision from Sea Machines. The SM300 is a complete sensor-propeller range system that utilizes advanced path planning, obstacle avoidance replanning, vector nautical chart data, and dynamic domain awareness, all to control a trip from the start. at the end. The SM300 provides remote human commanders with an active mapping environment with live augmented overlays showing mission, vessel status, situational awareness and environmental data, as well as real-time audio and video from the ship from many streaming cameras.
“From time immemorial, the oceans have been the source of the best of human innovation, designed and built by architects and engineers, and deployed by a select and special group of people, sailors, on whom great part of society counts today and in the future for the supply of food, electricity, water, goods and transport. And as a leader in the technological space, Sea Machines has a duty to embark on new waters, navigate any fog of uncertainty and prove the value of our planned technology course, “said Michael Johnson, CEO of Sea Machines.” Just as other land-based industries are transferring From the repetitive manual chores of human systems to predictable robotic systems, our autonomous technology elevates humans from controller to commander, with most of the direct continuous control efforts being handled by the technology. he redesign of the human-technology relationship is the basis of a new era of offshore operations and will give industries on the water the tools and the ability to be much more competitive, will put an end to the erosion of freight high-value air and road, will put more ships on the water, operate in better harmony with the natural ocean environment, and provide new products and services.
Throughout the trip the Nellie bly will carry two professional sailors and occasional guest passengers and will call at ports along the route to display and demonstrate the technology. Sea Machines will broadcast the journey live on a dedicated The Machine Odyssey website so everyone can access 24/7 updates from the sea, crew, command center, and more.