Sea Machines, HamiltonJet collaborate on autonomous workboat

(BOSTON) — Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics has successfully commissioned an SM300 autonomous control system aboard a HamiltonJet-powered workboat in New Zealand. HamiltonJet is now trialing this marine technology and has offered to provide on-demand customer demonstrations in the Southern Hemisphere.
The combination of Sea Machines and HamiltonJet systems for commercial vessels gives owners greater operational capability by enabling autonomous control of commercial vessels executing nearshore or coastal missions. The integration of water-jets delivers increased maneuverability, precise station-keeping and even emergency stops. The internal nature of a water jet drive also increases confidence when running autonomously and allows shallower-water operation. As well as offering full autonomy, the Sea Machines system can also act as an on-board skipper aid for precise waypoint following or as a remote-helm control system for on- or off-board use.
HamiltonJet commercial customers primarily operate in the marine security, survey, search and rescue, firefighting, ferry, aquaculture and pilot boat sectors.
Ahead of the install, the companies’ respective development teams worked from opposite sides of the Earth to ensure the Sea Machines system could digitally communicate with the proven HamiltonJetlink interface for autonomous systems. The installation and integration of the SM300 was completed in Christchurch without direct oversight by Sea Machines, a success made possible by the system’s intentional plug-and-perform interfaces.
Sea Machines designed the SM300 to integrate with the digital and analog marine systems, sensors and instruments commonly found on workboats and commercial vessels. Once installed, the intelligent SM300 adds the following operational capabilities:

Remote autonomous command
Wireless remote-helm control
Remote payload control
Remote vessel monitoring
Autonomous waypoint routing
Autonomous collaborative following
Obstacle detection and collision avoidance
Sea Machines’ SM Series of products, which includes the SM200 and SM300, provides marine operators a new era of task-driven, computer-guided vessel control, bringing advanced autonomy within reach for small- and large-scale operations. Sea Machines is also a leading developer of advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types, including containerships. The company is currently testing its perception and situational awareness technology aboard one of A.P. Moller-Maersk’s newest ice-class containerships and has several other installations scheduled.

By Professional Mariner Staff