Advanced Perception & Situational Awareness Technology 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.
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.
Sea Machines enables vessels to execute autonomous routes, as directed by a shoreside operator, with or without crew on board. Autonomous ships provide real-time intelligence to a shoreside crew via remote feeds. Using the data, a land-based team can then make informed decisions.
Sea Machines automates tedious or repetitive tasks, allowing an on-board crew to focus on higher-level operations.
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 voyages and challenging sea states.
Autonomous vessel routes can be saved and reused for future efficiency.
Vessels can be remotely controlled from a second vessel or shoreside location, with or without crew on board. Operators can remotely control vessels 24/7, even in poor sea and weather conditions, and through periods of low light or visibility. Unmanned vessels do not require stop-work periods for shift-changes.
Vessels can be operated from outside of the wheelhouse to provide greater visibility.
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 repetitive paths, like those used for whale watching.
Computerized route planning yields greater productivity and increased predictability.
An autonomous vessel executes precision routes more predictably than a human operator can.
Unmanned, autonomous vessels improve the speed and accuracy of repeating paths.
“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.