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SailPlan and MMA partner to develop intelligent vessel navigation

Jennifer Norwood, assistant professor of Marine Transportation. Image courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy Jennifer Norwood, assistant professor of Marine Transportation. Image courtesy of Maine Maritime Academy

SailPlan has partnered with the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) to accelerate the development of intelligent vessel navigation and shoreside vessel control technologies.

The partnership will advance the commercialisation of cutting-edge navigational technologies for autonomous and traditionally-navigated vessels.

MMA will equip its fleet, including the autonomous 41-foot workboat R/V Quickwater with SailPlan’s intelligent navigation platform. SailPlan will provide real-time fleet location and health monitoring to MMA’s Shore Control Centre, resulting in unparalleled vessel telemetry being made available shoreside. SailPlan’s cloud-based route exchange capability will allow autonomous and traditionally-navigated vessels to reduce collision risk while optimising voyages for reduced energy usage.

SailPlan’s cloud-based platform analyses ship performance and health in real-time for proactive management of both operational and commercial goals. This approach allows customers to understand the operational impact of navigational decisions on their fleet and to optimise those decisions for safer navigation and better commercial outcomes.

“This partnership is an example of our strategic focus on faculty research,” said Dr. Keith Williamson, MMA’s new vice president for academic affairs. “It will impact the future of the industry we serve while bringing real world experience into the classroom.”

“I am excited for our students and for MMA,” said Jennifer Norwood, assistant professor of Marine Transportation. “We have the opportunity to help shape this new technology and put our students at the forefront of advanced navigation development in the maritime industry.”

“The future of safe navigation rests on digital enablement and vessel connectivity. Our partnership will accelerate the adoption of these foundational, safety-critical technologies that provide advanced collision avoidance, intelligent vessel routing, and increased insight shoreside,” said SailPlan’s CEO, Jacob Ruytenbeek. “MMA has been an incredible partner for SailPlan.”

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