Working together with 11 key partners from the maritime industry, research and development institutes and Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) , the SafeNav project aims to develop and test pioneering technology using collision avoidance algorithms, multi-sensory data and state-of-the-art sensors to improve decision making and help move the maritime industry operation towards autonomous shipping.
Offshore Monitoring Ltd
Offshore Monitoring Limited (OSM) will be the Overall Coordinator (OC) for the SafeNav project. Over the past ten years, OSM has demonstrated a steady track record of leading project coordination and collaboration efforts on European Union (EU) funded projects. It has an extensive patent portfolio and has coordinated 6 EU funded projects over the last 5 years and was recognized as the top researcher by the EU’s Innovation Radar initiative in 2020. OSM’s research and development team has developed an innovative weather routing and voyage optimization system geared towards the maritime industry. Additionally, OSM has introduced and matured light detection and ranging system as well as the ground-breaking voyage optimization system, VoyOpt™.
Global Maritime Services Ltd
Global Maritime Services Limited (GMS) specializes in providing services that improve navigational efficiency, safety of life at sea, and offshore/cargo operations for the global maritime industry. The team at GMS is proficient with setting up highly advanced FSRU import terminals, worldwide navigation, shipbuilding, retrofitting, and testing new maritime equipment including sea trials and commissioning of advanced vessels. Their veteran Master Mariners and Captains will facilitate the testing process and end- user feedback. Additionally, it will contribute towards COLREGs and all navigational aspects of the project.
Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum (IMEC) is a world-leading research and innovation center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. IMEC’s research group Image Processing and Interpretation (IPI) at Ghent University specializes in algorithms for machine learning of radar, LADAR, RGB, and thermal image data. The current research focuses on multi-modal and multi-sensor data fusion algorithms for real-time, low-latency object tracking based on this rich sensor data and artificial intelligence (AI). IMEC will contribute expertise and algorithms for the SafeNav innovative sensor setups to increase detection performance in difficult conditions: distant or semi-submerged marine animals or containers, waves crests and sun glitters, and poor weather conditions.
Danaos Shipping Company Ltd
Danaos Shipping Company (DSC) is renowned for providing containership management services. For SafeNav, they will provide end user marine advising, advising on industry guidelines, drawings of bridge layout and its systems that will be integrated as per the SafeNav scope. They will provide vessel infrastructure input and fleet operational data to design, support for container detection, tracking and recovery challenge. DSC will also contribute towards digital solutions for safety management and risk assessment, intelligence in assessing human factors (including data processing through sensors) to quantify risk exposure to incidents.
Ladar Limited (LDR) is driven towards improving efficiency, sustainability, security and safety of commercial shipping and offshore activities. LDR has a team that specializes in ladar, laser, sensor development and infrared hardware, with decades of collective experience in these domains. LDR’s ship modelling competencies will be utilized in the project along with their reliable and adaptable ladar system.
University of Rijeka
The Faculty of Maritime Studies at Rijeka is one of the leading educational and research components of the university. For this project, one of the main contributions of UNIRI will be on COLREGs implementation and compliance with safety parameters evaluation. Secondly, it will contribute towards dynamic collision avoidance algorithm development in collaboration with other consortium members (UNIGE) and the alert process modelling. Faculty of Maritime Studies at UNIRI will follow open science practices for dissemination of research/project results to help advance research in this area. The Faculty of Maritime Studies is equipped with Wartsila-Transas Full Mission Bridge (FMB) capable of simulating a total shipboard bridge operation situation, including the capability for advanced manoeuvring and navigation in restricted waterways (Class A-NAV). The Navigation Simulator can be used for setting up navigational scenarios, generating data collection and analysis.
Greenov-ites (GRE) is committed to blue growth and clean tech development aligned with the preservation of maritime ecosystems. GRE has experience in creating and animating anti-collision projects for several offshore sailing race boats/commercial vessels and will provide the expertise of collision avoidance between marine mammals and marine vessels (commercial, leisure, and offshore sailing boats). For collision avoidance with cetaceans, GRE will study, optimize, and assess the efficiency of different types of pingers (acoustic and electromagnetic) varying in intensity, frequency, modulation, and type of sound for high-speed vessels.
The Naval Group (NAG) is an industrial group and a European leader specialized in naval defense with activities mainly dedicated to the production of defense vessels (ships and submarines), and their maintenance in operational conditions. NAG will work on reaction, encompassing both the reflex mode and the optimized reaction, and avoidance after detection. It will utilize real-time data and artificial intelligence (AI) vessel models to calculate the best reaction avoidance scenarios for the best vessel reaction.
University of Genova
Centro del Mare (Sea Center) at UNIGE combines a multidisciplinary vision of teaching and research on the theme of the sea. UNIGE has collaborated with many national and international research organizations, innovative SMEs, and industries, thus making it attractive for the brightest researchers in several scientific disciplines. For SafeNav, UNIGE will be involved in the development of a COLREG-compliant collision avoidance system based on optimisation algorithms. Utilizing the expertise of its researchers, it will develop collision avoidance algorithms with three different configurable outputs, which can be customized on the actual automation level of the vessels.
Sayfr (SAF) is a spin-off from PROPEL. SAF brings extensive experience in improving maritime safety and reducing incidents and accidents at sea. The company has invented, developed, and commercialized a digital Maritime Safety platform to enhance the organizational culture and teamwork.
SIREHNA offers certified navigation systems (Dynamic Positioning & Autopilot) combined with a range of innovative solutions dedicated to operator support (MOS, BRIZO and ACP). SIREHNA also develops Maritime Surveillance Systems (IMSEA) and remotely-operated or autonomous Surface Drones (USV). SIREHNA has been a key partner in several European research projects as well focused on automation, mission planning and drone operation. In this project, Sirehna will provide expertise in the fields of hydrodynamics, wave modelling, prediction of platform movements as well as piloting control laws and associated on-board systems.