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Unmanned vessel project gets £1.2m

BMT’s REMBRANDT simulator technology will be used in the project BMT’s REMBRANDT simulator technology will be used in the project

BMT is set to lead a new £1.2 million research project funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to address the challenge of how traditional manned vessels can co-exist with autonomous systems in shared water space.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The SWANS (Shared Waterspace Autonomous Navigation by Satellite) project will also include ASV Global and Deimos Space UK.

The project team will focus on four main objectives including: exploiting satellite sensing technology and enabling the delivery of a higher fidelity world model for vessel operators/supervisors; simulating new scenarios for ASV operations; combining ASV Global’s autonomous vessel control simulator and BMT’s REMBRANDT ship manoeuvring simulator into a single system capable of visualising different datasets in 3D and evaluating new multi-vessel conflict scenarios in the real-world.

“Currently, autonomous vessels largely use AIS as a collision avoidance tool but remain at risk of colliding with vessels or objects not using AIS,” said Phil Thompson, managing director at BMT.

“Others rely upon waterspace management and the actions of other water users to avoid collisions – neither of which go far enough in reducing the risk of a collision occurring. This funding is critical in helping us to overcome this barrier by developing the first ever commercially ready, safe over the horizon operating system for congested waterspaces.”{/mprestriction}

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