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Press Releases Sea Machines to Serve as Leading Expert on Autonomous-Command & Advanced Perception Technology during 2019 WorkBoat Show

November 21, 2019

(BOSTON; November 21, 2019) – Boston-based Sea Machines will serve as the leading authority on the subject of autonomous-command and advanced perception technology during three separate panel discussions at this year’s International WorkBoat Show, scheduled for December 4 through 6, at the Morial Convention Center, in New Orleans. Event organizers tapped Sea Machines’ Michael G. Johnson for his expertise on the subject and ability to clearly explain the technology’s current availability and industry use cases. 

Johnson will team up with several other marine industry leaders for the panels, which all are scheduled for Thursday, December 5. Event participants can attend Sea Machines’ presentations at the following times:

  1. 9:15 a.m. | “Autonomous Vessels Today” Think Tank
    Johnson and the Maritime Administration (MARAD)’s Richard Balzano, deputy administrator, will share details about Sea Machines’ recent success in demonstrating the effectiveness of autonomous-command and remote-helm technology in increasing the productivity, speed and safety of Marine Spill Response Corp.’s commercial spill response operations. Johnson will also discuss the commercial availability of Sea Machines’ technology, as well as other industry applications.

  2. 11:45 a.m. | “Improving Operator Visibility with Advanced Situational Awareness” Inland Waterways & Passenger Vessel Program Panel
    Johnson and ZF Marine Propulsion Systems’ Drew Orvieto, senior manager, commercial fast craft product line and engineering, will discuss the evolving technology behind vessel intelligence and will help ferry operators understand how they can best utilize these industry-revolutionizing systems. The speakers will also discuss the cutting-edge digital systems, such as A.I.-empowered marine camera vision, that are on the roadmap to full vessel intelligence.

  3. 1:00 p.m. | “Developing and Offering Autonomous Marine Technology” Shipyard Program Panel
    Johnson; Metal Shark’s Chris Allard, CEO; HamiltonJet’s Tom Latham, general manager; and Siemen’s David Grucza, director of U.S. Marine, will share how shipbuilders that offer autonomous marine technologies can develop a reputation for innovation, a competitive market advantage and new revenue streams. The group will also provide insight about what’s involved during the installation of such technology aboard commercial marine surface vessels.

In addition to leading the above panel discussions, Sea Machines will host live demonstrations of its commercially available SM300 autonomous-command and remote-helm control system from the company’s booth #3137. The demonstrations are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, and Thurs., Dec 5. Attendees can expect to see a New Orleans-based operator command and control a workboat more than 1,500 miles away in Boston waters. During the demos, attendees will observe the following vessel behaviors:

  • Autonomous path following;
  • Autonomous collaborative following; 
  • Remote payload control;
  • Remote vessel monitoring;
  • Obstacle detection and collision avoidance, and more.

Sea Machines’ SM Series of products, which includes the SM300 and SM200, provides marine operators a new era of task-driven, computer-guided vessel control, bringing advanced autonomy within reach for small- and large-scale operations. SM products can be installed aboard existing or new-build commercial vessels with return on investment typically seen within a year. Sea Machines is also a leading developer of advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types, including container ships. The company is currently testing its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of A.P. Moller-Maersk’s new-build ice-class container ships and has several other installations scheduled.

About Sea Machines
Headquartered in the global tech hub of Boston and operating globally, Sea Machines is the leader in pioneering autonomous control and advanced perception systems for the marine industries. Founded in 2015, the company builds autonomous vessel software and systems, which increases the safety, efficiency and performance of ships, workboats and commercial vessels. Learn more about Sea Machines at www.sea-machines.com.  

About U.S. DOT Maritime Administration
The United States Maritime Administration is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine. The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety.

About the Marine Spill Response Corporation
The Marine Spill Response Corporation is a not-for-profit, U.S. Coast Guard-classified Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO). MSRC was formed in conjunction with the Marine Preservation Association (MPA) in 1990 to offer oil spill response services and mitigate damage to the environment. With over 25 years of experience, MSRC offers a full range of oil spill response capabilities intended to help meet the planning criteria of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).

About Metal Shark
Metal Shark is a diversified shipbuilder specializing in the design and construction of welded aluminum and steel vessels from 16’ to over 300’ for defense, law enforcement, and commercial operators. Key customers include the United States Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Army, foreign militaries, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, passenger vessel operators, pilot associations, towboat operators, and other clients worldwide. With three fully self-contained shipbuilding facilities in Alabama and Louisiana USA plus a dedicated engineering facility in Croatia, Metal Shark’s 500+ employees produce over 200 vessels per year with a proud and proven track record of high quality, on time deliveries.

About HamiltonJet
HamiltonJet is the leading designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems. Sixty five years of history, a single product focus, unmatched investment in research and development, and an unfailing attention to quality, has resulted in HamiltonJet being the largest global supplier of waterjets and controls systems. Our product range of 20 jet models extends from the most basic mechanically controlled HJ212 absorbing 313hp, all the way through to the HT1000, capable of absorbing 7500hp. Being at the forefront of propulsion technology, our four controls systems provides solutions for every requirement, and for the last fifteen years, HamiltonJet has been the leading integrator of waterjets and controls into autonomous and unmanned vessels. Waterjets is in our DNA, Creation, Innovation and Evolution. ww.hamiltonjet.com 

About Siemens
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

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