European consortium to develop smart navigation system

The research project Prepare Ships, led by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, has announced plans to develop a navigation system that foresees the positions of other vessels through machine learning. The project has been granted funding through the European GNSS Agency.

A consortium of Swedish, Norwegian and German partners will not set about creating a positioning solution for smart and connected navigation applications.

“We are very pleased to be able to bring together the shipping value chain in this project that uses advanced machine learning,” commented John Rune Nielsen, research and business development director at RISE.

“One of the main causes of ship collisions today is lack of awareness of the position and intention of other vessels. By being able to predict future positions for vessels in the vicinity with high position accuracy by EGNSS and machine learning and exchange these dynamic predictions with the vessels nearby with VDES, smarter decisions can be made. In addition to reducing the risk of collisions, this allows for more energy efficient maneuvering of the vessels, which contributes to reduced environmental impact of shipping,” a release from the consortium stated.

The 26-month long project is led by RISE with support from Telko in Norway, Saab and Stena Line in Sweden and Germany’s ANAVS.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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