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Underwater inspections of ship hulls – so far divers have been required, or a stay in a dry dock. But also the real-time capable, foresighted depth measurement of fairways to avoid ground contact is nowadays only sporadic due to the technological complexity. Diffi cult and costly operations for maintenance, salvage or repair under water as well as navigation in demanding, dynamic waters could be carried out in a more targeted manner through the use of small autonomous units for information retrieval.

The project partners of RoboVaaS – Robotic Vessels as a Service – have set themselves the goal of developing such units. Since June 2018, researchers at CML have been developing a combination of autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) together with Kraken Robotik GmbH (Munich), Hamburg Port Authority AöR, SIGNET research group (Padova), SmartPORT research group (TU Hamburg) and SonarSim Ltd. (Limerick). The ASV serves both as a communication interface for the ROV and as a platform for topographic surveys. The ROV can be used by optical and laser-based systems for underwater inspections.

The three services Anti Grounding, Underwater Inspection and Environmental Data Gathering are at the forefront of RoboVaaS. They will be made available to maritime stakeholders for later implementation.

The steering software for the ASV and a web-based control software will be developed at the CML and an existing prototype will be built further. RoboVaaS is funded over three years in the MarTERA programme (Maritime and Marine Technologies for a new ERA) as part of Horizon 2020.
Source: Fraunhofer Center For Maritime Logistics And Services CML

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