EC-DOCK aims to provide an on-board system which will help crews and pilots manoeuvre in harbours and dock quickly, minimising the risk of hard landings, and then will continue to operate when the vessel is moored to ensure that drift off floes not occur. To better train crews and pilots for manoeuvring a vessel, the EC-DOCK system will also be able to be used on board in simulation mode to allow dummy runs to be made in manoeuvring the vessel into dock. Running concurrently with the development of the Docking Aid EC-DOCK also intends to instigate research into the design of a flexible Automatic Docking System. As the shipping industry lacks a Code of Safe Practice for the use of potentially lethal mooring equipment, EC-DOCK will produce one.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
SO14 3PN Southampton