For Merchant and Container Ships Sea Machines’ vessel intelligence systems add an Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)-powered, advanced perception and situational awareness system and/or autonomous command and control capabilities to ships. Our products increase the productivity and predictability of such vessels while reducing the overall risk and operational costs of shipping operations.
Industry challenge: Poor at-sea situational awareness
Sea Machines solution: Advanced perception and situational awareness technology
Slated for release in 2020, a future 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, Sea Machines will identify and track potential conflicts, and efficiently display the data in the helm. 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.
Industry challenge: Highly manual operations
Sea Machines solution: Technology that automates
Our systems automate tedious, redundant and dangerous tasks, and allows crewmembers to focus on higher-level operations via a minimally manned mode.
Operators can program vessels to autonomously deploy pre-established routes, a feature especially valuable for transiting to offshore sites. Vessels can be remotely commanded to follow paths autonomously.
Industry challenge: Systems lack intuitive and dynamic capabilities
Sea Machines solution: Intelligent vessel systems
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.
Industry challenge: Operational incidents caused by fatigue
Sea Machines solution: Obstacle detection and collision avoidance
Our systems help to reduce operator fatigue, a major casualty factor in marine incidents during nighttime operations, long-distance transfers and challenging sea states.
Industry challenge: Vision obstruction that impairs operations
Sea Machines solution: Remote helm control
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 helm.
Industry challenge: Human exposure to challenging conditions
Sea Machines solution: Minimally manned operational mode
Sea Machines enables a remote-helm, minimally manned mode, which increases safety by eliminating or reducing the need for humans to be on board and exposed to challenging sea-states and dangerous environments.
Industry challenge: Payload controls located in helm
Sea Machines solution: Remote payload control
Traditional payload controls are located inside the helm, 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 cameras, sensors and other equipment — 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.
“Our team first met Sea Machines around three years ago when they were developing the concepts of their first autonomous systems, and already we were impressed with their technical capability, planned product path, and practical understanding of the future needs of the marine market. For this containership situational awareness program, we aim to prove the technology increases our safety, efficiency, and reliability.” — Michael Rodey, A.P. Moller-Maersk
Sea Machines is now trialing its SM400 A.I.-powered perception and situational awareness technology aboard an A.P. Moeller-Maersk’s new-build VISTULA-class ice-classed container ships in Denmark. The project has been significant not only to Sea Machines and Maersk, but also to the larger maritime industry as the installation marked first time computer vision, LiDAR and perception software have been utilized aboard a container vessel to augment and upgrade transit operations. This system is expected to become commercially available to maritime operators and naval architecture and marine engineering firms in 2020. Learn more.
Sea Machines and its innovation partner Boston Harbor Cruises are now collaborating in data collection and system testing that will advance our advanced perception and situational product for ships and other large vessels. Watch for more details will be announced as this collaboration progresses.
Contact a member of the Sea Machines team to discuss your specific needs.