Danelec leads R&D initiative to improve ship efficiency, navigation

(BIRKEROED, Denmark) — Danelec Marine is the project leader for a consortium of companies in iSea, a two-year research and development project to improve efficiency in ship operations and safer navigation.

The iSea program has been approved for funding by the Eurostars program. In addition to Danelec Marine, participants are Vessel Performance Solutions ApS (Denmark), i-Marine Technologies and Research Inc. (Turkey) and Deniztekno Danismanlik Bilgi Teknolojileri ve Bilgisayar San. Tic. Std. Sti (Turkey).

The iSea team will deliver a set of expert decision support systems (EDSS) for enhancing the performance and navigability of vessels. The novel EDSS will be enabled by a low-cost and low-risk telematics solution providing real-time transfer of crucial data from ship to shore. The main goals will be to increase fuel efficiency in open waters and facilitate near-shore navigation and reduce human errors, especially in difficult waters. The R&D program will commence in January 2017 and will run for two years. It will include sea trials of the EDSS solution.

“A critical element for an expert decision support system for ship navigation is the availability of real-time data from shipboard sensors and systems,” said Hans Ottosen, CEO of Danelec Marine. “As a part of the iSea initiative, Danelec Marine is investigating an alternative type of communication which would give a subscriber access to real-time data within limits set by the system administrator.”

The real-time data solution will leverage Danelec’s VDRConnect technology, which enables remote push-through and pull-through data retrieval from shipboard systems and sensors, according to Ottosen.

Eurostars is a European joint program that supports international innovation projects by R&D-performing small- and medium-sized enterprises. It is co-funded from the national budgets of 34 EUREKA countries and the European Union, with a total public budget of €1.14 billion for the period 2014-2020. EUREKA is an intergovernmental network launched in 1985 to support market-oriented R&D and innovation projects.

For more information, visit www.danelec-marine.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff