First were the "smart phones", then the "SMART-WATCHES", and now comes the turn of the "SMART-SHIPS"
Interview COPE Galicia 14/11/16 :
Although a Galician company, hace unos meses, se presentaba con la innovación de un buque “dron”, la verdad es que los buques inteligentes ya llevan unos años con nosotros (en diseño al menos). Even recently I read that Norway was a sea area restricted for testing drones ships, which already it gives us an idea of the advanced time when we are in this area. Precisely, the company that stands out in this "intelligence" is the famous "Rolls-Royce". While most people know this company for his luxury car facet, also it characterized by its advances in the marine world, and in this case the design of intelligent ships of the future.
It is true that already takes years incorporating automation to merchant ships. They are known automations systems loading and unloading, Righting systems, in ballasting and deballasting, etc. In the warships themselves have integrated platform control systems (SICP). But the "smart" ship is another thing. It is a step forward in automation franco, in search of a ship manned, managed, and commanded from the mainland. Is it a utopia? I am convinced that there will be a lot of disbelief (which largely share), but keep reading.
The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications project (Aawa), It is a project led by Rolls-Royce which aims to realize autonomous navigation and remote, so that ships can navigate being controlled and directed from mainland. President of Rolls-Royce Marine, Mikael Makinen, He presented at a conference the results of the first year of the project and explained that the autonomous navigation is the future of the maritime industry. He said the technology to realize autonomous navigation already exists, and thinking that the "virtual master" (that they will dock the ship from land), It is next, but still you must find the optimal way to combine that technology with the marine environment.
In theory developing technology will enable remote monitoring, in real time, ship worldwide. This will enable shipping companies to optimize total fleet, which will generate significant cost reductions. A small crew 7 to 12 persons on the ground, control the operation of a fleet of ships worldwide, using intelligent interactive displays, voice recognition systems, holograms and unmanned surveillance aircraft to observe what is happening on board ships and around (although it sounds a little fiction film).
This remote monitoring in real time of vessels, It will mean that the boats are more closely integrated into the logistics or supply chains, enabling companies to optimize their entire fleet, to generate savings and improve income generation.
In the coming months they will conduct a series of tests, Finland, of these smart sensors mounted vessels. Tests will be on board the ferry Finferries of 65 meters in length. From the results of these tests face possible recommendations will be drawn to classification societies, to support the development of unmanned ship, with the expectation of having an autonomous commercial boat for the year 2020.
Rolls-Royce, despite assurances that it could be a reality in the next four years, He admits there is still much work to do, including overcoming some regulatory obstacles (OMI, sea guards agreements, classification societies, etc). Not to mention issues such as piracy, which should also be aspects to consider. We will have to study how these ships would be protected from possible attacks, both at sea and in the computer world (the dreaded hackers).
Remotely operated ships also offer the maximum cargo space, at the same time which will involve a reduction in the number of crew. In any case I can not believe that they come into existence cargo ships sailing the seas of the world, unmanned.
Giving a twist in the news this week, and left by the wayside to our lands, I would emphasize that a Galician company has designed a ship drone for defense and rescue. The boat manned can not carry up 15 people and its launch is scheduled in a few months. "The Defender" will be called and will be the first ship Drone (not tripulated) of design, engineering and construction hundred percent Galician, shipyard in the provinces of Pontevedra and Lugo. It is a project of Mar naveo, a company based in Lugo, created jointly between Galicia and Aeronautical Engineering development Breogán ship. Andrés Rodríguez, President Breogán Engineering, He explained that it is an autonomous vessel 7,75 meters long and 2,8 Sleeve, with three possible configurations: for tasks of monitoring and surveillance of maritime areas; for defense, incorporating a remote weapons station with machine gun or use automatic grenade launcher; and also for sea rescue missions. It can carry up 15 persons who have suffered a shipwreck or tow up 48 people in the four self-inflating rafts carrying incorporated. Note that this is a project that is financed with own funds only, without any public aid and what has transpired so far publicly, the ship is governed by remote control from a ground control station, Rolls-Royce style.
The boat is equipped with radar navigation, cameras, infrared and even PA to transmit instructions to the castaways, for instance. The Ombudsman will be built in fiberglass reinforced.
Changing third, Elbit, an Israeli firm defense and security technologies, It has designed another boat unmanned. They call it "Seagull" (gaviota), and it is a kind of patrolman 12 meters in length with an autonomous navigation system able to avoid obstacles. It is sent to the areas selected observation missions, search, detection and removal of underwater mines and surface, which can neutralize the weapons that integrates. Su autonomía es de 96 hours. Elbit says its system will simultaneously handle up to two of these vessels, but he has not given details of its operation, nor has it announced when it will be operational.
To end the news, noting that at the end of 2014, US Navy conducted a test in which managed to handle at once, and from a single console, up 13 robotized patrol boats. In addition, several countries are working on their own prototypes, in terms of this model boat, for the detection and destruction of mines. USA, as we already know, and controls unmanned vehicles airspace, so it is not surprising that want to do with maritime.
And before I leave I would comment that opens this afternoon in our exhibition hall Carlos III "XXXIV Hall Women in Painting". Again, and a year, the Ferrolana Art Society (PURE) pays tribute to the incorporation of women into the world of Art. The inaugural opening of this exhibition will be borne by its curator, the delegate of art SAF, Cervera CoRhine, and will feature collaboration: EXPONAV, Department of Women and Culture of the City Council of Ferrol, TV Ferrol Canal 31, wefts, MagdalenArte, Vivaflor, etc. The first act of this exhibition will be held on behalf of the director of Galicia Artabra Digital, Professor and journalist Pedro Sanz, with a speech on "the woman in the painting".
This is a very interesting exhibition in which you can admire the work of 43 painters, offering samples of different styles. They are: Pepa Acevedo, Matilde Allones, Pilar Alves, Mercedes Alvarez, Paula Aneiros, Veronica Fine, Francisca Bouza, Maribel Cabana Insua, Paloma Castroverde, Cervera CoRhine, Pilar Created, Jane Danko, Manolita Díaz Vázquez, Carolina Fernandez, Loli Fernández, Rosa Fernández Salanova, Maria Fonticoba, Titina Galdo, Chechela Garcia Martin, Pilar Gonzalez Santin, luciene Butter,Marielvi Miguez, Holy fathers, Francisca Mills, Novais, Puri Novo, Nunez cachita, Pilar Pastoriza, Paz Maralla, Esther Piñan, Sofia Piñeiro, Hedi Ploegstra, Porta Fina . Mari Luz Ruiz, Lola Saavedra, Pilar Saavedra, Carín Sanz, Amelia Seoane- Chanes, Inés Sicre, Sonia Sueiro, Flor Taracido, Maria Varela, Angela and Maria Antonia Vilariñofrío Uceira.
The exhibition will run for the next two or three weeks, from Tuesday to Sunday.
And that's all for this week!