Nearly every recreational boater and commercial marine operator has benefitted from hydrographic survey data by way of nautical charts, depth guides or maps showing submerged obstacles. Hydrographic data helps to keep vessels safe, but can also guide the strategies of those involved in marine construction, offshore exploration and/or drilling, coastal engineering and zone management, commercial fishing, dredging projects and more. This data is also important for comparison purposes following incidents, such as weather events or marine accidents, that could alter the health, shape, depth and size of waterways.
Autonomous vessel technology is making news headlines around the world for its role in helping to revolutionize the maritime industry, especially in the shipping sector. It’s easy to see why – some reports, like McKinsey’s, predict that within 50 years there will be 50,000-TEU autonomous ships hauling two to five times the amount of cargo today. While exciting, this type of buzz doesn’t reflect the full spectrum of what’s possible across other maritime industries.
Maersk Selects Sea Machines for World’s First AI-Powered Situational Awareness System Aboard a Container Ship
(BOSTON; April 25, 2018) – Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics announces today that it has signed a contract with A.P. Moller-Maersk, of Copenhagen, Denmark, to trial its industry-leading perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of the company’s new-build Winter Palace ice-class container ships. The deal is significant not only to Sea Machines and Maersk, but also to the larger maritime industry as the installation marks first time computer vision, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and perception software will be utilized aboard a container vessel to augment and upgrade transit operations.