Autonomous-Command and Remote-Helm Control Technology For Aquaculture & Offshore Fish Farm Workboats and Commercial Vessels
Available now, Sea Machines’ vessel intelligence systems install aboard existing or new-build workboats and support vessels to increase workboats’ productivity and predictability, while reducing their overall risk and operational costs. Our systems are designed to support fishery workboats in a wide range of coastal, harbor and offshore aquaculture activities and across all climates, from Arctic to tropical.
Our systems automate tedious, redundant and dangerous tasks, and allows crewmembers to focus on higher-level operations via minimally manned or unmanned modes.
Operators can program vessels to autonomously deploy pre-established routes, a feature especially valuable for transiting to offshore sites. Workboats can be remotely commanded to haul feed, monitor operation sites, clean nets and dredge seabeds in an unmanned or autonomous mode.
Challenge Solved: Lack of Vessel Intelligence
Unlike an auto-pilot, Sea Machines systems execute with human-like behavior, intelligently factoring in environmental and sea conditions (including wave height, pitch, heave and roll); change speeds between waypoints; and actively detect obstacles for collision avoidance purposes.
Challenge Solved: Operational Incidents Caused by Fatigue
Sea Machines helps to prevent operational incidents with obstacle detection and collision avoidance capabilities built on radar, AIS and GPS data.
Our systems help to reduce operator fatigue, a major casualty factor in marine incidents during nighttime operations, long-distance transfers and challenging sea states.
Challenge Solved: Vision Obstruction that Impairs Operations
Remote helm control ensures optimal visibility while docking, when maneuvering in tight quarters and during periods of low light, by allowing crews to command vessels from locations with the best vantage point, whether that be on or off the vessel.
The Sea Machines industrial-grade joystick offers portable helm operations, allowing mariners to command a vessel while monitoring operational indicators from a location outside of the wheelhouse.
Challenge Solved: Human Exposure to Challenging Sea Conditions
Sea Machines enables remote-helm, minimally manned or unmanned modes, which increases safety by eliminating or reducing the need for humans to be on board and exposed to dangerous sea-states.
Challenge Solved: Time-Consuming and Dangerous Shift-Changes
Remotely operated, unmanned vessels do not require stop-work periods for shift changes. This is especially important in poor sea and weather conditions, and through periods of low light or visibility.
Challenge Solved: Inefficiencies Related to Large Coverage Areas
Sea Machines systems enable vessels to autonomously collaborate as they follow pre-established grid patterns and perform other coordinated tasks.
To create a force-multiplier effect, operators can coordinate multiple autonomous boats to collaborate and follow the same paths at set distances apart, a feature especially useful for large work sites.
Challenge Solved: High-Cost Operations
Minimally manned and unmanned collaborative autonomous vessels reduce the resources required, helping to reduce operational costs.
Challenge Solved: Operational Incidents Due to Fatigue or Distraction
The majority of operational incidents in the marine industry can be traced to human errors related to fatigue or distraction. Repetitive path autonomy eliminates the need for mariners to manually execute tedious paths.
Challenge Solved: Low Performance and Speed of Manual Operations
An autonomous vessel executes precision grid paths more predictably than a human operator.
Autonomous technology improve the speed and accuracy (XTE) of predefined and repetitive routes.
Challenge Solved: Payload Controls Located in Wheelhouse
Traditional payload controls are located inside a wheelhouse, requiring on-board operators to engage equipment from a location that doesn’t always offer the best vantage point. Sea Machines frees the operator to engage vessel payloads — such as winches and cranes, specialized sensors, and aquaculture monitoring systems — from anywhere on the vessel that offers the greatest visibility. Off-site operators can remotely activate and control on-board equipment from a distance of +/-1 kilometer.
“In conjunction with Sea Machines, we have developed a turn-key autonomous production model to be kept in our regular stock rotation and available for near-immediate delivery. We’re bringing autonomy to market in a ready form that operators can buy today and run tomorrow.” — Chris Allard, Metal Shark
Sea Machines is now offering government and commercial customers a commercially available 29-foot autonomous vessel, made possible by Metal Shark’s “Sharktech” autonomous division. The system allows for traditionally manned, reduced-crew or unmanned autonomous operations to deliver “human-in-the-loop” navigation. Learn more.
Contact a member of the Sea Machines team to discuss your specific needs.