Next Generation Safety Systems and Equipment
Workshop theme : What Have We Learned About Marine Safety in 40 Years
Pinpoint will be presenting – How Autonomous Vessels can Improve Safety for Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Tasks
Creating vessels and systems that can perform dull, dirty and dangerous tasks has been a driver for many of the autonomous vessels. The objective is to improve safety at sea by keeping them out of harm’s way.
Sea Machines have developed unmanned boats for a number of applications. The control systems provides algorithmic supervised autonomous control to enable unmanned operations of a vessel from a mother ship. The next step however is to have unmanned vessels working beyond the line of sight using satellite communications.
For dull tasks the autonomous control system is designed to perform repetitive and quantifiable tasks. These are more reliable when compared to human control.
Utilising unmanned vessels for oil spill operations enables remote operators to assist with performance of dirty and dangerous tasks. As these are unplanned marine incidents, the challenge is that you never know where the spill is going to occur. Typically what happens is that local boats and crews of convenience are used, which is not necessarily the most efficient solution. Working surrounded by crude oil is unpleasant, hazardous and can cause health problems. The work also needs to be carried out 24/7 in changing weather conditions.