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Cooperative Autonomous Robotic Towing system

Objective

"A team of 3 SMEs, coordinated by a young woman entrepreneur, proposes a new concept for salvage operations of distressed ships at sea. The proposed concept, called CART (Cooperative Autonomous Robotic Towing system) is based on the development of robotised unmanned marine platforms able to (semi-)automatically execute the high risk operation of linking the emergency towing system of distressed ships to towing vessels. The CART device will be able to optimise the operations for safeguarding the environment, helping to prevent oil pollution at sea, and minimising the risk for human lives. The SME participants, thanks to their know-how in emergency towing devices and salvage operations, as well as in the implementation of automation plants, can formulate and validate new concepts of intervention and contribute to the development of critical sub-systems. Anyway, for bridging the gap between the formulation of an operational concept and its in-field validation with a prototype tool in a time compatible with time-to-market requirements, the SME participants need the transfer of know-how from experienced RTD performers operating in the area of robotics and unmanned marine vehicles, as well as the application of qualification procedures for new technologies. Thus, two European leading research and academic institutions in the field of marine robotics and one of the world's leading classification societies have been involved in the project as RTD developers. They will also perform extended training of SMEP personnel in order to provide them with the needed know-how to execute the follow-up activities of engineering and manufacturing of the CART system.
Technologies based on robotised unmanned marine vehicles combined with the coming into force of international safety rules, that will make mandatory for the global fleet the use of emergency towing devices, can play a game-changing role in the field of salvage intervention at sea opening significant business opportunities."

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Coordinator

POSIDONIA SRL
Address
Via Giovanni Da Verrazzano 12
16165 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 361 159
Administrative Contact
Serena Ardito (Ms.)

Participants (5)

PKL AS
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 162 690
Address
Lootsi 11
10151 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Deniss Lazarevs (Mr.)
SRS MECANO INSTALATIE SRL
Romania
EU contribution
€ 127 591
Address
Str Barbu Delavrancea 10
011355 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicolae Mihail Marinescu (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 3 394
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Caccia (Dr.)
SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU FAKULTET ELEKTROTEHNIKE I RACUNARSTVA
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 2 424
Address
Unska 3
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Olga županić (Ms.)
DNV AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 1 142
Address
Veritasveien 1
1363 Hovik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giacomo Meazzi (Dr.)