The 26-month project, which is scheduled to start in
December this year, has been recently granted funding through the European GNSS
As explained, the goal of Prepare Ships is to create a
positioning solution for smart and connected navigation applications.
Led by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, it will develop a
navigation system that foresees the positions of other vessels through machine
learning. This would reduce the risk of collisions and enable more efficient
“We are very pleased to be able to bring together the
shipping value chain in this project that uses advanced machine learning,” John
Rune Nielsen, Research and Business Development Director at RISE, commented.
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 the reduced environmental
impact of shipping, according to RISE.
Apart from RISE, the project also includes Telko from
Norway, SAAB from Sweden, ANAVS from Germany, Swedish mapping, cadastral and
land registration authority (Lantmäteriet) and is supported by Stena Line
“Prepare Ships will combine technologies supporting officers
on manned ships as well as shore-based operators controlling unmanned ships and
can compensate for the shortage of experienced marines. The developed product
shall also be applicable to other applications requiring high accuracy, highly
robust position, also enabling yet unidentified markets,” Pål Hansen, Vice
President R&D, Telko, said.