A new era is emerging, the era of autonomous. And it is not only the car and aviation industry that is changing because of this development, the maritime industry will be impacted as well. Maritime trade volumes are expected to increase in the future and accordingly the numbers of ships needed to transport the freight will grow, as will the number of seamen required to operate the vessels. At the same time, European shipping faces a lack of seafaring personnel already today.
The Netherlands has a leading role in the maritime industry with lots of shipping and maritime knowledge. Recently, the program Smart Shipping Challenge 2017 Smash! has been started to ensure the position of the Netherlands as a front-runner in the world of autonomous shipping. Economic, safety and environmental benefits are expected when implementing unmanned shipping. The aim is to create show-cases to display the knowledge and expertise already available.
A lot a data science and number crunching is required for realizing autonomous shipping in port and the European fairways. A large amount of knowledge and data is currently available. And in the transition to autonomous ports and waterways will not be fully autonomous in once. This offers interesting opportunities for the intermediate step(s).
What is required for autonomous shipping in ports and waterways? Could inspections be the showcase for autonomous shipping, and how does it look like? How can the current dangerous situations based on actual behaviour provide insight(s) required for autonomous shipping?
We are looking for your solutions. If you have an interesting solution and/or story, you will be provided with the opportunity to show it on the SMASH-day 30 November. During this day, several companies and organisations will show their initiatives on autonomous strategy. Get exposure and be part of the port of the future!
Create, envision & prototype!
People are often involved in collisions; it has been argued that 70% of the collisions are due to human factors. However, these human factors also avoid a lot of collisions. A ship’s ability to monitor its own health, establish and communicate what is around it, and make decisions based on that information is crucial to avoid collision. But how does it look like, and which data do we need to combine?
Situational awareness; what goes around?
The environment of vessels has a huge influence on how this specific vessel acts. Autonomous operations will be based on models, data and algorithms that create a stable environment for the vessel to operate autnomously. Can you show us which data sources and parameters are crucial in creating this stable situation? For example, in terms of Hydro/Meteo?
The first steps; rules and guidelines
Currently we have a lot of different rules and guidelines within ports and fairways. However, these rules and guidelines are ‘just’ agreements between people. When you think of autonomous vessels, a lot of those agreements will be ‘digital’ without any human involved. An example is the use of a marine radio where the skipper is switching manually to the right VHF channel. How does this process look like in an autonomous world? Or even better said, do we still need this VHF communication system? What are the first steps to this fully autonomous world?
Who’s the new middle man?
Recently Maersk and Alibaba joined forces in offering an online booking tool which allows customers to book ship places online. A great example of a disruption in the logistical supply chain. Traditionally freight forwarders book spaces for their customers on container vessels. In this case, e-commerce disrupted the traditional supply chain. The question to you; can you envision how data & technology can support the redesign of the supply chain?