A system to help assess the impact of proposed action, or inaction, in dealing with disabled and drifting ships is being developed with the help of grant of €1.25m (euros) from the EU’s Framework Programme.
The objective of SAFETOW (Strategic Aid for Escort Tugs at Work), a 36 month project with a total cost of €2.24m (euros), is to provide tools to help ships Masters control their vessels if they become disabled. It will also help Masters of salvage and escort tugs to take decisions, in real-time, with the best available information regarding the likely consequence of their actions.
“The project encompasses an experimental programme to collect the manoeuvering data, including collaborative manoeuvering with more than one tug”, says project co-ordinator Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva, from the UK partner British Maritime Technology. “This data will then be analysed and used as a basis of validation for the simulation software. This software will then be integrated with the vessels’ bridge systems to provide real-time help and decision support, training capability and monitoring.”
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