The marine division of Rolls-Royce has introduced a situational awareness and intelligence system to reduce the risk of ferry collisions and night-time groundings, and is testing it in cooperation with Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).
The intelligent awareness (IA) system uses sensors and intelligent software to improve safety for vessels operating in adverse weather conditions, darkness, and congested waterways.
A result of Rolls-Royce’s participation in the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne project and collaborations with Stena Line and MOL, the new technology creates a three-dimensional map of a vessel based on light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to provide an overview of a vessel's external surrounding area.
In addition to data from onboard sensors, the system uses information from bridge equipment, radar, and environmental data.
One of the system's first implementations will be on an MOL passenger ferry in some of the world's most congested waters between Kobe and Oita, Japan.
From Passenger Ship Technology
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