Russian companies presented their latest marine robotics projects at the Marinet Conference
Russian companies presented their projects on maritime robotics at the Marinet Conference organized by Marinet in partnership with Media Group PortNews and with RVK as general sponsor held in Hamburg as part of SMM-2018 on 5 September 2018.
When speaking at the Conference, Aleksey Donskoy, General Director of Engineering Center of Shipbuilding, told about the successful project of research and production company AME (Air and Marine Electronics) on creation of work class ROV Triton-2. The Triton-2 is equipped with a sensor, a camera, a system for searching and positioning of underwater objects. Its working depth is up to 500 meters, cargo lifting capacity – up to 6 tonnes. The ROV is fitted with a complex of gydravlic manipulators for underwater operations.
Alexander Troitsky, CEO of Nonius Engineering, told in his turn about successful experience in creating unmanned dredgers. In his opinion, robotics in dredging should be further developed in the future.
According to Alexander Troitsky, the market of robotized vessels will grow considerably within a decade. First of all, robotics will be most applicable for mining dredgers... “Robotics is the real future, it is coming and we should be prepared. We should start today, otherwise tomorrow we’ll lose to somebody more prepared”, he said.
However, the discussion participants acknowledged a number of problems, both technological and commercial, to be solved in the segment of robotics for dredging.
Aleksey Dobrodeyev, representative of Krylov State Research Center, told about KSRS studies related to creation of unmanned ships able to carry cargo along the Northern Sea Route in ice channel behind an icebreaker. He emphasized that the idea was driven by construction of powerful icebreakers able to break through Arctic ice at commercial speed to ensure assistance to convoys of cargo ships.
“Having powerful icebreakers we can start developing a concept of unmanned cargo carriers able to follow an icebreaker along the ice channel”, said Aleksey Dobrodeyev.
“An additional advantage of unmanned ships is that these technologies can be used for transportation of hazardous cargoes, in particular radioactive materials, with a reduced level of biological protection”, added the Krylov Center representative.
The Marinet Conference on the most promising maritime high technologies held at SMM-2018, Hamburg on 5 September 2018 gathered representatives of international companies and scientific centers. The Conference programme included panel discussions on digital navigation and unmanned shipping as well as maritime robotics fest.
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