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SEA MACHINES AND DAMEN FORM PARTNERSHIP IN AUTONOMY AND REMOTE CONTROL

SEA MACHINES AND DAMEN FORM PARTNERSHIP IN AUTONOMY AND REMOTE CONTROL

Thursday, February 11, 2021 

Boston, US-based Sea Machines Robotics and the Dutch Damen Shipyards Group have entered a strategic alliance under which Sea Machines' autonomous and wireless-helm systems will be offered as standard features in Damens global vessel build catalogue.

Sea Machines says the partnership increases the accessibility of its systems in the market and further propels the company into mainstream use on commercial vessels.

Damen engages in modular shipbuilding based on standardised designs. The company’s in-stock hull programme has been successful to date because it ensures a short and efficient delivery of proven technology. Now with Sea Machines technology on board, Damen’s customers have access to new operational methodologies for increased efficiency and safety.

In addition to installing Sea Machines' systems, Damen will train operators via the company’s in-house simulator. Fully integrated with Sea Machines’ technology, the simulator will generate a realistic marine domain in which employees and the company’s clients can learn to use Sea Machines’ user interface and become familiar with the capabilities. Sea Machines offers autonomous transit behaviours as well as collaborative autonomy for unmanned daughter craft operations, and pre-configured pattern autonomy for task-based workboat missions. Sea Machines autonomy incorporates obstacle detection and collision avoidance based on COLREGs for dynamic-domain operations, as well as remote-command, remote-machinery and payload control, which allows shore-based command of vessels and on-board equipment.  Customers can benefit from reduced manpower, increasing productivity of persistent workboat operations and removing personnel from hazardous work environments.

Toine Cleophas, Damen programmes manager, said: “This alliance will play an important role towards the realisation of Damen’s strategy, which is built on the continual development of digitalisation, sustainability and operational excellence of Damen products and services. The collaboration forms a part of Damen’s R&D programme Smart Ship and will increase customer value by supporting a more digitalised Damen portfolio.”

Sea Machines’ CEO Michael G. Johnson said: “This significant development sends a clear signal to the industry that autonomous marine technology is rapidly gaining adoption and is in-demand among commercial operators. We see a future, where most, if not all, newly constructed vessels will feature autonomous technology as standard. This partnership will accelerate Sea Machines’ position as the ‘go-to’ provider of advanced marine technology and is securing Damen as an innovative industry leader for years to come.”

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