Autonomous-Control and Advanced-Perception Systems For Offshore Workboats and Commercial Vessels
Available now, Sea Machines’ vessel intelligence systems install aboard existing or new-build offshore workboats and support vessels to increase their productivity and predictability, while reducing their overall risk and operational costs. Sea Machines can be added to workboats and vessels that support offshore construction, offshore oil and gas, offshore wind farm installations, hydrographic and seismic survey operations, offshore spill response, aquaculture, sub-sea cable inspections, or any other number of offshore projects.
Shoreside or nearby operators can execute autonomous missions, with or without crew on board. Lower-cost, minimally manned or unmanned configurations increase safety by eliminating or reducing the need for humans to be on board and exposed to challenging, extreme or dangerous environments.
Sea Machines automates tedious, redundant and dangerous tasks, allowing an on-board crew to focus on higher-level operations.
Broad coverage areas or long transits to an offshore site from a mainland aboard offshore commercial boats can be executed autonomously, using dynamic waypoint following capabilities.
Operational incidents can be prevented with obstacle detection and collision avoidance capabilities built on computer vision, radar, AIS and GPS data. Sea Machines helps to reduce operator fatigue, a major casualty factor in marine incidents during nighttime operations, long-distance transfers and challenging sea states.
Autonomous missions can be saved and reused for future efficiency.
Daughtercraft (such as smaller support boats) can be remotely controlled from a mothership or shoreside location, with or without crew on board. Operators can control unmanned daughtercraft 24/7, even in poor sea and weather conditions, and through periods of low light or visibility.
Pairing manned mother vessels with unmanned daughter craft – ideal for offshore surveillance and monitoring, surveying, seismic operations and spill responses – reduces crew expenses and can increase operational periods due to the reduction in stop-work periods related to shift changes.
Vessels can be operated from outside of the wheelhouse to provide greater visibility.
Autonomous marine technology lets a single, shore-based operator command and control an entire unmanned fleet of workboats, creating a force-multiplier effect.
High-bollard pull tugboats towing out loaded barges can be programmed to operate in collaborative following modes. Such capabilities allow tugboats in complex formations to maintain an exact course and speed from the point of departure to the offshore project site, eliminating fatigue and increasing operational predictability.
Unmanned or minimally manned collaborative autonomous vessels reduce the resources required and don’t require stop-work periods or shift changes, helping to reduce operational costs.
The majority of operational incidents in the marine industry can be traced to human errors related to fatigue, distraction or boredom. Grid path autonomy eliminates the need for mariners to manually execute tedious and repetitive paths.
Offshore spill response and recovery operations that use predictable patterns can be optimized by data-driven paths and dynamic waypoint following. Computerized route planning yields greater productivity and increased predictability.
Unmanned, autonomous vessels improve the speed and accuracy of repeating paths.
An off-site operator can remotely activate and control on-board equipment, such as ROV and UUV deployment, launch stations, cranes, winches, security equipment, cameras, sensors, communications relays, aerial drones and more.
Live camera feeds and other provide operators with a real-time view of onboard equipment and operations for monitoring throughout the project.
Payloads can be engaged from outside of the wheelhouse to provide greater visibility.
Slated for release in 2020, a coming Sea Machines system will use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to improve at-sea situational awareness, object identification and tracking capabilities.
Using advanced sensors to collect a continuous stream of information from a vessel’s environmental surroundings, this system will identify and track potential conflicts, and efficiently displays the data in the wheelhouse. Offering advantages in the Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF), this sensor fusion will provide a target’s name and flag, speed, course and more to an on-board or on-shore operator, enabling faster classification of the approaching object as safe, suspicious or a threat.
“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 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.