• 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.




2018 December 12

19:08 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase from East Asia to USA and Canada
18:30 MEYER WERFT handed over AIDAnova to AIDA Cruises
18:21 IMO led panel discussion on wreck removal challenges at Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference in London
18:00 Rosneft develops innovations for Russian Zvezda super-shipyard
18:00 Newbuilding methanol carrier for Proman Shipping named CASTARA
17:46 Damen signs with Port Nelson for ASD Tug 2411
17:37 Almaz shipyard lays down icebreaker of Project 21180М, Yevpaty Kolovrat, for RF Navy
17:14 Comprehensive plan for NSR development to be ready by February 2019 – Yevgeny Ditrikh
16:49 Investments in the Arctic by 2024 estimated at RUB 5.5 trillion - Dmity Kobylkin
16:23 Vladimir Putin orders to look into creation of port SEZ at Olya port in Arkhangelsk Region
15:50 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% Y-o-Y to 746.8 million tonnes (detalization)
15:26 Okskaya Sudoverf launches first dry cargo carrier of Project RSD32M
15:02 American Petroleum Institute (API) awards bolt fatigue testing program contract to DNV GL
14:25 Giant Octopus added to the CPC’s stock of ER equipment
14:01 London hosts global port environment experts
13:20 Pola Anatolia, dry cargo ship of RSD59 design, successfully passed sea trials
13:01 Newcastle Container Terminal to deliver savings for regional NSW
12:36 Sovcomflot BoD considered the Group’s financial plan for 2019 and a forecast for 2020-2021
12:01 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Ismene with Koch
11:49 Yury Trutnev appointed as head of revised State Commission for Arctic Development
11:22 Three icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 11-12
11:00 COSCO SHIPPING Ports partners with Abu Dhabi Ports to create regional trading hub and Middle East gateway for Belt and Road
10:47 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’18 up 15% Y-o-Y to 22.9 million tonnes
10:20 Brent Crude futures price up 1.16% to $60.9, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $52.3
10:11 Full bonded area is opened in Port Bronka
10:01 WMU welcomes ITF General Secretary and President
09:59 GTT receives an order for the tank design of two new LNG carriers
09:44 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,364 points
08:28 Boskalis Ndurance’ cable trencher successfully tested at Alexiahaven
08:05 Maritime Blockchain Labs announces new consortium to improve crew management

2018 December 11

17:59 ASW Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet makes a call to the Republic of Djibouti
17:33 Diesel submarine of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet conducted training exercise in the Sea of Japan
17:10 Port of Antwerp International to consult USPA on tariff setting, concession and environmental policy
16:46 Van Oord supports the 6th Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
16:21 Yamal LNG reached full capacity
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Indian Subcontinent & Pakistan to North Europe
15:32 Georgia Ports Authority on track for 4.3M TEUs in 2018
15:20 Four new sponsors confirmed to join line-up at 2019’s Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology conference
15:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from Middle East to North Europe
14:48 Draft law on Arctic administration approved in the third reading by Russia’s State Duma
14:32 ECSA welcomes the decision by the EU Commission to update the EU list of ship recycling facilities
14:02 Global Ship Lease announces new long-term charter agreements with CMA CGM
13:32 Maersk Broker Bulk Chartering and Wonsild Dry to merge as of January 2019
13:15 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 11M’18 grew by 13% Y-o-Y to 45.61 million tonnes
13:02 COSCO SHIPPING Ports and Abu Dhabi Ports inaugurate CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal
12:46 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’18 grew by 4.2% to 746.81 million tonnes
12:13 Alfa Laval sells more than 100 GCU units for LNG newbuilds
12:01 Overseas Shipholding Group and American Shipping Company jointly announce extension of tanker charters
11:44 One icebreaker escort operation performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland during 24 hours on December 10-11
11:40 The second phase of IMO-implemented safe and sustainable ship recycling project in Bangladesh starts
11:17 Bunker prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:58 NYK сoncludes long-term charter agreement for three LNG carriers with MC
10:30 MAN Cryo and partners develop marine liquid-hydrogen fuel-gas system
10:05 Port of Gdansk reports new quarterly record
09:39 Brent Crude futures price up 0.37% to $60.19, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.31% to $51.16
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,385 points

2018 December 10

18:08 US major retail container ports imports reach 2 million containers in October 2018
17:50 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port spent USD 67,300 for its environmental programme in 9M’2018, up 6% YoY
17:27 Icebreakers of FSUE Rosmorport assisted 322 ships in navigation season 2018-2019