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Can unmanned ships improve navigational safety?

: Burmeister, Hans-Christoph; Bruhn, Wilko C.; Rødseth, Ørnulf J.; Porathe, Thomas

Transport Research Arena, TRA 2014. Proceedings. Online resource (Nicht mehr online zugänglich) : 5th Conference; Transport Solution. From Research to Depolyment; 14 - 17th April 2014, Paris, France
Paris, 2014
10 S.
Conference "Transport Research Arena" (TRA) <5, 2014, Paris>
Fraunhofer IML ()
autonomous ship; unmanned ship; navigational safety; maritime safety; MUNIN
Anfrage beim Institut / Available on request from the institute

Autonomous vehicles are appearing in ever-more fields such as aviation, public transportation and the automotive sector. That's why it is not unlikely to see the deployment of unmanned merchant ships at some point in time. The collaborative research project MUNIN originates from this idea and aims to develop and verify a respective concept. The ship will primarily be guided by automated on-board decision-making systems but can also be controlled by a remote operator from a Shore Control Center. The motives behind unmanned and autonomous ships include the shortage of skilled mariners and the facilitation of slow steaming strategies. This shall reduce the use of fuel and thus decrease ship exhaust gas emissions and operating expenses. Another motive, on which this paper will focus on, is the potential to improve navigational safety. So-called "human errors" are claimed to be responsible for the majority of accidents at sea. Thus, substituting the overtired officer of the watch by a nautical officer ashore bears potential to improve the safety of navigation.