MUNIN UNMANNED MERCHANT SHIPPING PROJECT
Autonomous Ships in Sight
The MUNIN project is to develop and verify a concept for an autonomous ship, which they define as a vessel primarily guided by automated on-board decision system. The onboard system is finally controlled (supervised) by a remote operator in a shore side control station. The concept therefore runs parallel to the thinking of the SolarNavigator team - provided only that the levels of autonomy may vary - clearly, a solar powered ship is that much more self reliant.
MUNIN is a consortium of eight partners led by Fraunhofer CML who has a scientific and industrial background.
* an autonomous bridge,
* an autonomous engine room,
* a shore side operation center linking vessel and a shore operator will be developed and verified.
Besides the long term goal of an autonomous ship, MUNIN’s research should provide:
* safety and
* sustainability advantages for existing vessels in short term.
This includes e.g. environmental optimization, new maintenance and operational concepts.
The shore based approach offers
'seafaring' careers in the long-term the possibility that are more socially
acceptable by virtually eliminating the time seafarers spend away from their
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1. MUNIN aims to automate routine tasks on board so that the vessel can basically act independently, for example, during open sea voyages;
A remote intervention and control mechanism will be developed enabling shore-based control of unmanned vessels, for example, during emergency situations.
This is caused by increasing trade volumes and the trend towards slow steaming. An often cited reason for this shortage is the unattractiveness of seafaring, especially for youngsters. Seafaring’s inherent problems of lacking family friendliness and the high degree of isolation from social life are further compounded by the increasing ecological demand for slower sailing speeds. Here, the unmanned vessel would constitute a breakthrough.
On the one hand, it would reduce the expected pressure on the labour market that is caused by slow steaming, as it would enable, at least partly,
labour-free shipping. On the other hand, routine tasks would be automated and only the demanding but interesting navigational and technical jobs would be transferred from the ship to a shoreside operation centre, making the “seafaring” jobs more attractive and family friendly than they are today.
The Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML (Fraunhofer CML) is situated at the Hamburg University of Technology in Hamburg, Germany. Fraunhofer CML homepage Hans-Christoph Burmeister, is the project coordinator at Fraunhofer CML
The Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK), Trondheim, Norway. MARINTEK is a company in the SINTEF Group, one of Europe’s largest independent research institutions. MARINTEK homepage
Hochschule Wismar – University of Applied Sciences Technology: Department of Maritime Studies is part of the faculty of Engineering at Hochschule Wismar, situated in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany. They are exerts in simulator training as full mission ship handling carried out by Professors and lecturers with license management levels such as Master of a ship or Chief Engine Officer. Hochschule Wismar homepage
Aptomar AS is a Norwegian company located in Trondheim specialising in marine sensor systems such as the SECurus system that combines advanced stabilized long range IR and digital video cameras with an Electronic Chart System which overlays information of several sources for a speedy evaluation of real time situations for good response. Aptomar AS homepage
MarineSoft Entwicklungs- und Logistikgesellschaft mbH is an internationally operating provider for maritime software solutions, located in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany. It offers state-of-the-art solutions in the field of maritime simulation of machinery plants, computer based training applications, information and operation systems, consultancy and courseware. MarineSoft homepage
ehf is a leading provider of energy management solutions for the international
shipping industry with it’s headquarters in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Marorka’s products and services enable vessel operators to optimize fuel
consumption by maximizing the energy efficiency of their vessel or fleet. Marorka ehf homepage
On 16 June 2012, Marorka signed an agreement with seven leading specialist firms and research institutes in the shipping sector participating in the MUNIN research project - Maritime Unmanned
Navigation through Intelligence in Networks.
University College Cork UCC is situated in south-west Ireland and was founded as a Queen’s College in 1845. The Law Department at UCC is at the forefront of legal research in Ireland, the EU and internationally in various areas, including environmental law, human rights, marine law, business law, comparative law, constitutional law and legal theory. UCC homepage
Project Manager - Hans-Christoph Burmeister
Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML
Ørnulf Jan Rødseth
Dep. Maritime Transport Systems
http://www.scheepsbouw.nl/ - Dutch Shipbuilding Association
http://www.retrofit-project.eu/ - European Commission 7th Framework innitiative
http://www.cmt-net.org/ - Germany: Centre of Maritime Technologies
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