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Robosys AI software ready for conventional ships

A Damen FCS operated by SeaZip Offshore Service B.V. underway with the Robosys Voyager 100 SmartPilot ‘at the helm’. Image courtesy of the Netherlands Maritime Technology JIP A Damen FCS operated by SeaZip Offshore Service B.V. underway with the Robosys Voyager 100 SmartPilot ‘at the helm’. Image courtesy of the Netherlands Maritime Technology JIP

British company Robosys Automation, a pioneer in artificial intelligence (AI) for the maritime industry, has launched the latest version of its Voyager 100 series software for commercial vessels.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} Voyager 100 is a software system developed specifically to support Bridge Watchkeepers. It has been called a virtual ‘Junior Officer of the Watch’ as it is able to operate 24/7 at a predictable, pre-determined level of performance.

The technology was launched at MARIN, the Netherlands on 29 and 30 January and is ready now for installation into existing bridges.

Accidents or near misses as a result of tired, overworked bridge workers is an issue often discussed in the maritime industry. According to Robosys, this new software improves safety, intelligent capability and ‘manpower’ assistance while freeing up the Bridge Watchkeeper’s time allowing him to complete other tasks while supervising Voyager 100. 

Voyager 100 series analyses the navigational and shipping situation and presents a prioritised set of recommendations to the onboard crew. The Voyager 100 series is available in two versions: SmartCaptain is an advisory system offering a basic ‘Decision Aid’ for navigation and collision avoidance, useful in busy waters. SmartPilot is linked to the ship’s autopilot and propulsion system to provide an ‘Intelligent Autopilot’. SmartCaptain acts solely in an advisory capacity. On the other hand, SmartPilot manoeuvres the vessel on behalf of the crew, who can take complete control instantly should they wish to do so. 

“Several ship operators and ship builders are very interested in this system. Voyager 100 does not aim to replace crew – they are essential to the modern ship and in short supply, so we need to use them wisely.  Voyager 100 allows the bridge crew to multitask safely, whilst providing a steady ‘hand on the helm,” said Robosys CEO Aditya Nawab.

To further enhance both versions of the Voyager 100 series, Robosys has developed a new Human Machine Interface which it will be launching at the end of January 2020. 

Key advantages of Robosys Voyager:

  • It frees up manpower for other, more complicated tasks.
  • It is not distracted; it does not get bored or fall asleep on watch.
  • Minimal hotel services required – just power supplies and possibly air conditioning.
  • Minimal space afloat – no living accommodation, recreation space, ladders or life raft.
  • Minimal operator training. The software itself requires no training, no leave, no sick pay, no pension.
  • It can be installed in manned or unmanned vessels.  {/mprestriction}

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