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A-Navigation

A-Navigation is a new stage in the development of shipping and navigation technologies, heralding the era of unmanned navigation

Autonomous navigation technologies enhance navigation efficiency and safety by reducing the impact of human factor

Sitronics KT is developing breakthrough solutions for outfitting autonomous vessels as part of the USC-MF project;Sitronics KT is developing the world’s first commercial solutions for outfitting autonomous vessels as part of the breakthrough USC-MF project

While Steor is designing a platform for debugging and testing cutting-edge technologies

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS)
architecture

A modern vessel carries dozens of hi-tech solutions ensuring safety and maximum awareness of the situation, both inside and outside

MASS

ENVIRONMENT
ANALYSIS

Information processing and integration subsystem

Automatically integrates the data from all navigation devices onboard the vessel, data from optical surveillance system, and satellite data

Search and surveillance system

Automatically detects and recognizes surrounding objects and transmits information about them

DECISION-MAKING AND MANEUVERING

Autonomous Navigation
System

Automatically detects navigational hazards and makes maneuvering decisions

Coordinated motion control system

Automatically maintains selected heading of the vessel

VESSEL STATUS MONITORING

Technical equipment monitoring system

The remote control center operator uses the system to monitor the engine and technical equipment

Remote control panel

Provides full-scale control of all MASS systems from the shore, i.e., outside the vessel, and can also be installed onboard the lead ship within a convoy of vessels

Onboard surveillance subsystem

Facilitates remote surveillance of ship areas and devices, automatically generates alerts, and can connect to preinstalled traffic safety cameras

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The shipping company can operate its vessel both in the conventional way and remotely using the autonomous navigation system
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Computer vision algorithms analyze information from all directions— round-the-clock, without fatigue and even in total darkness
Search and surveillance system cameras
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Uninterrupted technical communication within the system is maintained by all available satellite, mobile, and wireless local communication channels
Satellite antenna
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The intelligent integrated system collects readings from all navigation devices, processes the data from external sources, and displays the information in a single user-friendly interface
Control house
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Independent server complexes are fitted with an uninterrupted power supply to store and process information under any external conditions
Server complex

MASS in Sea Transport Segments

Ice convoys

Ice breaker with crew + several MASS

Dredging convoys

Dredger with crew + several MASS

Cargo shipping convoy

Lead ship with crew + several MASS

Advantages

  • Reducing the number of crew onboard, reducing the impact of human factor
  • Prediction and prevention of accidents based on algorithms for maneuvering and divergence with dangerous targets
  • Ecological disaster prevention
  • Reduction of direct expenses for maintenance of merchant and industrial fleet
  • Automatic and remote control of vessels directly from the shipowner’s office
  • Centralized control of a vessel convoy at minimal cost

A remote control panel can be installed not only on-shore, but also on the lead ship to control the movement of other vessels within the convoy

The crew boards the MASS tech complex only for maintenance and are not involved in vessel control

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Remote control panel
MASS tech complex

Steor DSS Platform

An unrivaled platform for the development of unmanned navigation technologies using computer simulation in a virtual environment

Project completion will help lift the barriers to using MASS technologies through elaborating amendments to regulatory legal acts, eliminating shipowners’ concerns about network security, and increasing the proficiency of ship and port personnel

50
%

of shipowners will use MASS
by 2050

Maritime Outlook Report 2018 Research by Norwegian Shipowners’ Association

Advantages

Training

MASS personnel training and certification

Examination at ports

Checking MASS capabilities to enter the port and maneuver within its waters

MASS certification
and testing

MASS testing in the course of construction, and certification tests of the MASS control system in a virtual environment before admission to real acceptance tests

The platform’s capabilities can be implemented both in the Russian civilian market and the international market

Steor DSS Platform
Project Timeline
The launch of several products on the commercial market
is scheduled for 2022
20202122
The launch of several products on the commercial market
is scheduled for 2022
2020
April
Start of platform development
October
Platform draft design
2021
June
Mathematical models of using marine robotic systems for solving special tasks
Draft version of virtual environment for the tech platform
Mathematical model of vessel movement
July
Prototype of decision support system
September
Proposals for revision of the provisions of statutory acts regarding the operation of autonomous vessels
2022
March
Completion of development of virtual environment for the tech platform
Remote control system simulator
June
Proposals for revision of the provisions of statutory acts regarding testing and acceptance of autonomous vessels in remote control mode
Autonomous control system simulator
Maneuvering drills
August
Presentation of results
Project completion