"Maritime transport services are essential in helping the European economy and European companies compete globally. Moreover, shipping and all related maritime industries, sectors uncharacteristically dominated by SMEs, are an important source of revenue and jobs in Europe. The current financial crisis has also affected maritime transport, however a doubling of transport volumes is expected over the next 15-20 years. As such, in the coming years, EU ports will be placed under significant pressure to increase their capacity and efficiency.
The EU maritime sector has responded via the provision of highly accurate vessel location systems (centimetre-level accuracy) to assist with the critical docking/manoeuvring of container ships, bulk carriers, and other large vessels. Such systems include laser-based Berthing Aid Systems (BAS). Whilst highly effective, such systems suffer from limited range (only usable in the immediate vicinity of the dock) and relatively high cost.
The aim of DockingAssist is to develop a cost-effective location system, providing the necessary centimetre positioning/speed accuracy, but covering the complete port/harbour zone, to provide efficient and safe manoeuvring within the entire port area enhancing vessel trajectory, and providing constant monitoring for moored/docked vessels. This solution will result in improved port traffic management (reduction in transit), and a reduction in operating expenses, CO2 emissions and fuel usage, lessening the environmental impact of shipping. The time reduction in transit will increase throughput in European ports with a minimum investment."
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Funding SchemeBSG-SME - Research for SMEs
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