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Autonomous Navigation Tested by the Port of Rotterdam Authority

Autonomous Navigation Tested by the Port of Rotterdam Authority
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In preparation for the eventual arrival autonomous navigation, the Port of Rotterdam Authority recently announced they have converted one of their patrol vessels into a floating laboratory that is able to collate different types of data such as the vessel’s operation and power.

The collated data will be made available to business communities and education bodies to help further research into the introduction of autonomous navigation, the results will help the Port of Rotterdam Authority with advanced preparations.

Computers are being trained as artificial captains to navigate independently through the port, all this is achieved by adding artificial intelligence to the collated data.

COO for the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Ronald Paul explained, “The Port of Rotterdam Authority is continuously examining how our port can be even safer, more efficient and better. By cooperating with other parties, including by making our data available, we aim to promote the development of new technologies and investigate the impact of these on the port and port facilities. We expect the arrival of autonomous navigation to further increase the safety and accessibility of the Port of Rotterdam and, moreover, it will be an effective aid for skippers and shipping traffic controllers. That is why the Port of Rotterdam Authority aims to test this application, which has already been used in aviation for many years, together with other parties,”

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a partnership agreement with a software development company, Captain AI. The start-up company is adding artificial intelligence to the data that is collected from the floating laboratory.

Vincent Wegener of Captain AI said, “In this way, we can teach computers to navigate independently through the port and we can train the first artificial captains.”

The floating laboratory formerly known as patrol vessel (RPA3) has been fitted with cameras, sensors and measuring equipment allowing for weather and water conditions and about the vessel’s operation, power and engine to be monitored.

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