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Maritime Unmanned Navigation through Intelligence in Networks

Objective

"MUNIN aims to develop an autonomous ship concept, which is described according to the Waterborne TP Agenda by combination of automated decision systems with remote control via a shore based station. The vision of MUNIN is to show the update possibilities of today’s fleet to autonomous vessel.

The trend in maritime transport towards slow steaming increase the necessary total number of ships, while at the same time the lack of seafarers becomes urgent more and more. Human resources are seen as one of the critical enablers for maritime growth within the EU. MUNIN’s concept allows handling this challenge due to more efficient and competitive ship operation. Additionally, Tthe shore based approach offers ""seafaring"" furthermore the possibility to become further socially sustainable.

MUNIN’s results will also provide efficiency, safety and sustainability advantages for existing vessels in short term, without necessitating the use of autonomous ships. This includes e.g. environmental optimization, new maintenance and operational concepts as well as improved bridge applications. Furthermore autonomous ship-models could be an improvement for education purpose in ship simulators.

For an autonomous ship several tasks which are currently done on board have to be redesigned. These are e.g. navigation, manoeuvring, watch keeping, maintenance, repair and engine optimization. Based on as-is-analyses MUNIN will define necessary change demands for manned vessels and develop concepts and applications to enable and optimize navigation and operation of an autonomous ship, which includes an evaluation of the communication architecture. Technical as well as organizational and legal aspects of unmanned shipping will be taken into account.

Feasibility of the proposed concepts will be verified by an integrated simulator setup. Furthermore an assessment in terms of cost-benefit as well as safety and liability aspects will be done. MUNIN will embed itself in IMO’s eNavigation- and EU’s eMaritime-Initiative."

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2012-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 604 416
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)

Participants (8)

MARINESOFT ENTWICKLUNGS- UND LOGISTIKGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Friedrich-barnewitz-strasse 2
18119 Rostock
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Volker Köhler (Dr.)
SINTEF OCEAN AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 648 662
Address
Otto Nielsens Veg 10
7052 Trondheim
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
ørnulf Jan Rødseth (Mr.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 317 700
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Birgitta Oscár (Ms.)
HOCHSCHULE WISMAR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 505 320
Address
Philipp Mueller Strasse 14
23966 Wismar
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gertraud Klinkenberg (Dr.)
APTOMAR AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 313 040
Address
Stiklestadveien 3
7041 Trondheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bjørn Rosvoll (Mr.)
BENNTEC SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 182 700
Address
Walter Geerdes Strasse 10 12
28307 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Volker Köhler (Dr.)
Marorka ehf
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 232 800
Address
Borgartuni 20
105 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ari Vésteinsson (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 88 726
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David O'connell (Dr.)