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Live demonstration for collision avoidance system

A new COLREG-compliant collision avoidance system developed by the MTCAS project is scheduled for its first demonstration test in Germany this week, in Wilhelmshaven on September 6th.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}MTCAS (Maritime Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System) is run by a consortium including Raytheon Anschütz, Airbus Defence & Space (formerly SIGNALIS), OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology, ISSIMS - Institute of Innovative Ship Simulation and Maritime Systems of Wismar University of Applied Sciences, and DLR - Institute of Communication and Navigation of the German Aerospace Centre.

The partners have developed a new system that aims to make maritime traffic safer by applying processes and technologies already used in the aviation industry within an intelligent and cooperative framework that can reliably detect potential close encounter situations and assist navigators in taking effective collision avoidance measures.

MTCAS uses conventional navigational information from sources like electronic sea charts, ARPA and AIS, which are augmented by additional technologies to improve positioning and prediction. The system also provides a platform for information exchange between ships, to create transparency about their intentions and support decision-making based on a shared perception.

The navigator on the bridge consequently has a greater level of situational awareness and is provided with recommendations on how to respond to the present traffic situation. The proposed manoeuvres will be suggested in compliance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs), according to MTCAS.

For the live demonstration in Wilhelmshaven, two vessels and a vessel traffic service centre are being equipped with prototype technologies by Raytheon Anschütz and Airbus to experience MTCAS’ capabilities in real-time.

The project has received funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.{/mprestriction}

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