Autonomous-Command and Remote Helm Control Technology For Marine-Spill Response and Pollution-Recovery Vessels
Available now, Sea Machines’ vessel intelligence systems install aboard existing or new-build workboats and support vessels to increase their productivity and predictability, while reducing their overall risk and operational costs.
Sea Machines enables vessels to execute autonomous missions, as directed by a shoreside operator, 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 environments.
Sea Machines automates tedious, redundant and dangerous 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 transfers and challenging sea states.
Autonomous missions can be saved and reused for future efficiency.
A shoreside operator can remotely activate staged vessels to initiate response activities without waiting for trained crew to arrive on site.
Daughtercraft (such as a skimmer boat) 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. 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 and tedious grid paths.
An autonomous vessel executes precision grid paths more predictably than a human operator can.
“This is very important. This is the future of our industry. If our industry is going to be competitive and safer and evolve, it has to look at remote technologies.” — Richard Balzano, Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD)
Sea Machines demonstrated the capabilities of its SM300 aboard a Kvichak Marco skimmer boat, owned by Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC), in Portland, Maine, in August 2018. Conducted primarily for the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), the demo proved Sea Machines’ ability to increase the safety, productivity and predictability of response for marine oil-spill operations. Watch a summary of the event above.
“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.