• 2018 March 22 16:30

    Rolls-Royce completes the £1.3 million MAXCMAS research project

    Rolls-Royce has completed the £1.3 million MAXCMAS (MAchine eXecutable Collision regulations for Marine Autonomous Systems) research project, demonstrating that the operation of autonomous vessels can meet, if not exceed, current collision avoidance (COLREG) rules, the company announces in its press release.

    Project partners Lloyd’s Register, Warsash Maritime Academy (WMA), Queen’s University Belfast and Atlas Elektronik (AEUK) found that use of newly developed algorithms allowed existing COLREGs to remain relevant in a crewless environment, finding that Artificial Intelligence-based navigation systems were able to enact the rules to avoid collision effectively, even when approaching manned vessels were interpreting the rules differently.

    A key aspect of the research was the use of WMA’s networked bridge simulators. These highly immersive simulators, typically used for seafarer training, were used to analyse reactions from the crew when faced with a range of real-world situations and subsequently hone the MAXCMAS algorithms.

    Rolls-Royce Future Technologies Group’s Eshan Rajabally, who led the project, said: “Through MAXCMAS, we have demonstrated autonomous collision avoidance that is indistinguishable from good seafarer behaviour and we’ve confirmed this by having WMA instructors assess MAXCMAS exactly as they would assess the human.”

    During the development project, Rolls-Royce and its partners adapted a commercial-specification bridge simulator as a testbed for autonomous navigation. This was also used to validate autonomous seafarer-like collision avoidance in likely real-world scenarios.

    Various simulator-based scenarios were designed, with the algorithms installed in one of WMA’s conventional bridge simulators. This also included Atlas Elektronik’s ARCIMS mission manager “Autonomy Engine”, Queen’s University Belfast’s Collision Avoidance algorithms and a Rolls-Royce interface.

    During sea trials aboard AEUK’s ARCIMS Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), collision avoidance was successfully demonstrated in a real environment under true platform motion, sensor performance and environmental conditions.

    “The trials showed that an unmanned vessel is capable of making a collision avoidance judgement call even when the give-way vessel isn’t taking appropriate action,” said Ralph Dodds, Innovation & Autonomous Systems Programme Manager, AEUK. “What MAXCMAS does is make the collision avoidance regulations applicable to the unmanned ship.”

    The MAXCMAS project is now complete, delivering state-of-the-art regulation compliant collision avoidance. The technology and system has been thoroughly tested both at sea and under a multitude of scenarios using desktop and bridge simulators, to demonstrate its robustness, and prove that autonomous navigation can meet existing COLREG requirements.




2019 August 23

08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning August, 23
08:07 World’s largest all-electric ferry completes its maiden trip

2019 August 22

18:04 Australian Maritime College and KONGSBERG eye potential for VR training with renewed support program
17:39 Nordic Engineering sponsors roundtable meeting “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality”
17:04 DOF Subsea issues Financial Report for 2nd quarter of 2019
16:47 Karelia proposed construction of deep-water freight and passenger port Kem’
16:25 Bunker prices go down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
16:04 Navios Acquisition reports results for H1 2019
15:53 PJSC TransContainer reports its Financial Results under IFRS for 6M'2019
15:12 ReCAAP ISC has released Guidance on Abduction of Crew in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and Waters off Eastern Sabah
15:04 Essar Ports expects to meet 60 MT target for FY20
14:31 Höegh LNG announces interim results for the quarter and half year ended 30 June 2019
14:14 Peel Ports takes important step towards being Brexit ready
13:56 Yamal LNG shipped twenty million tons
13:35 Arctic block of Far East Investment and Export Agency headed by Dmitry Fishkin
13:13 Sea Machines successfully deploys industry’s first autonomous spill-response vessel
12:28 Fire onboard MV Pyotr Tchaikovsky kills one in Saint-Petersburg
12:13 Frontera Offshore and DOF Subsea join forces for the Subsea Construction and IMR Mexican market
11:31 Kalmar to enhance STS crane capabilities at EUROGATE Tanger
11:21 HELCOM publishes report on noise sensitivity of animals in the Baltic Sea
10:59 HELCOM gets a new Executive Secretary
10:35 Caterpillar Eurasia and Admiral Makarov University agreed on establishing a brand new up-to-date training center
10:10 Steps towards new treaty to protect marine biodiversity
09:38 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.41% to $60.04, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $55.47
09:20 Hapag-Lloyd announces changes of North Europe Mediterranean Express Service
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is up to 2,061 points
08:44 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Aug 22

2019 August 21

18:06 BBC Chartering appoints Ulrich Ulrichs as CEO
17:57 BPO joined World Ports Sustainability Program
17:36 Napier Port’s shares commence trading on the NZX
17:06 ZIM announces Q2 2019 results
16:41 Waterfront Shipping and Marinvest welcome second-generation low emission methanol-fuelled vessels
16:35 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from ISC to North Europe and the Mediterranean
16:32 Grady-White Boats honors MaineMax Pensacola as the worldwide sales leader
16:05 Hapag-Lloyd launches new South East Asia to Australia Services // SEA and S2A to start in October
15:42 Ferry in Estonia upgraded to battery-hybrid by Norwegian Electric System
15:21 Organisations release Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50%-sulphur marine fuel
14:55 Multipurpose small-draft salvage ship of MPSV12 project left for sea trials
14:30 BC Ferries releases first quarter results
14:04 DOF awarded two AHTS contracts to support drilling operations in New Zealand
13:27 Vladivostok offers second venue of “Import Substitution in Russian Shipbuilding: Ambition and Reality” roundtable
13:03 Workshop in Malaysia to help bring into operation the Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan in South East Asia
12:46 Rosneft BOD recommended 1H’19 dividends at RUB 15.34 per share
12:25 Registration is underway for “Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet” conference to be held as part of Neva-2019 exhibition
12:03 Ocean Yield extends option with Aker Energy for long-term charter of the FPSO Dhirubhai-1
11:41 Rosneft reports 9-pct increase of its 1H 2019 net income to RUB 325 bln
11:24 Vasily Boitsov appointed as USC Vice-President for Technological Development
11:02 Jan De Nul completes installation of all twenty foundations on the 120MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 wind farm in Taiwan
10:45 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade to prevent outflow of shipbuilding contracts from Russian shipyards
10:17 Scotline orders newbuild vessel from Royal Bodewes
10:16 Brazil readies its biofouling task force
09:51 Clean Arctic Alliance calls on Nordic Prime Ministers to support a ban on heavy fuel oil
09:47 Bunker market sees mixed price movements at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:28 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.48% to $60.32, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.36% to $56.33
09:13 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,059 points
09:00 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning August, 21

2019 August 20

18:40 ATON repair and maintenance shop to be built at navigation support post in Taganrog Bay
18:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
17:29 Wallem-managed bulk carrier rescues Indonesian fishermen lost at sea for 10 days
17:06 MAN Energy Solutions and Samsung Heavy Industries sign a strategic cooperation agreement for the digitization of marine engines