Along the way, Nellie Bly, a Damen Stan Tug, will make stops at more than a dozen ports, with scheduled events and SM300 demonstrations planned for Hamburg, Copenhagen and Esbjerg. Though fully autonomous, the vessel will be crewed with Sea Machines mariners, who will be supported by a remote team that will command and control the Nellie Bly from a shoreside station in Boston, Mass.
Sea Machines’ autonomous command and control system enables waypoint autonomy, remote command and control from a second location (such as a shore or another vessel), computer vision, obstacle detection and collision avoidance, remote payload control, a sea-keeping mode to ensure a safe and comfortable ride for the company’s mariners, and other capabilities. The advanced technology integrates with on-board equipment, such as radar, GPS, AIS, ENC charts and more, as well as several specialized cameras, to provide full situational awareness at-sea to Sea Machines’ dispersed team. Learn more about the SM300.
“The autonomous revolution is here,” said Sea Machines’ CEO Michael G. Johnson. “Much like Nellie Bly, who in 1889 set a record for expeditious travel 25,000 miles around the world, Sea Machines continues to break boundaries that improve the productivity, capability and safety of vessels at sea. The SM300 and our next-generation products are ushering in a seismic shift in the marine and maritime industries that will tremendously change how our sector operates; the types of jobs available; the realized operational costs, speed and safety; and so much more. Keep your eyes on Sea Machines – the Machine Odyssey is proving how ‘the future’ of ship and vessel technology is available to operators right now.”
The vessel is currently undergoing installation of the SM300 and all associated equipment, a paint job and more to ready her for the trek.
Upon departure on the 30th, Sea Machines’ SM300 technology will stream real-time voyage data and camera footage to this site’s dashboard, which enthusiasts can access 24/7 for live updates. Log on to “ride along” virtually and check the Nellie Bly’s speed, course, transit, surrounding environment and progress as we execute this significant industry first.
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