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MAROFF-2-Maritim virksomhet og offsh-2

Automated safety solutions for passenger ferries

Alternative title: Automatiserte sikkerhetsløsninger for passasjerferger

Awarded: NOK 11.3 mill.

The project's vision is to enable short distance and automated passenger transport on water by finding solutions to the fundamental problem of ensuring passenger safety with few or no crew onboard. The last 5-10 years we have witnessed a significant upswing in the global interest in - and development of, technology and technological solutions for realising autonomous transport solutions at sea. The Norwegian maritime cluster being in the absolute forefront of development. So far, systems and solutions enabling safe navigation has been main areas of focus. However, few concrete suggestions have been published on how to reduce or eliminate the need for onboard safety manning for passenger ferries. Hence, in order to realise the full potential inherent in autonomy, there is an explicit need to develop new knowledge on how to design novel automated safety systems for small- and medium-sized passenger vessels (pax capacity 15-100). As such, AutoSafe will build the required knowledge and thereby contribute to close a critical gap towards the realisation of seabased autonomous passenger transport solutions. The AutoSafe project will provide the first holistic analysis of the risks associated with uncrewed passenger transport. This includes a novel method for assessment of risks and crewing requirements. It is also expected that the project will develop new methods, systems, and design principles for ensuring passenger safety as well as a method for approval of passenger safety on uncrewed ships. The project results are also expected to be relevant for industry actors involved in cargo transport, including authorities, both for safety of ship and cargo.

With reference to the described project objectives, the project results will contribute to realise the approval of lower or no onboard safety manning for small and medium sized autonomous passenger vessels operating near-shore. The last 5-10 years we have witnessed a significant upswing in the global interest in – and development of – technology and technological solutions for realising autonomous transport solutions at sea. With the Norwegian maritime cluster being in the absolute forefront of development. So far, systems and solutions enabling safe navigation (e.g. auto-crossing, auto-docking and anti-collision) has been main areas of focus. One important objective behind this development is the potential for reduced operational cost through reduced manning. However, in order to realise this potential, there is an explicit need to develop new knowledge on how to design novel automated safety systems for small- and medium-sized passenger vessels (pax capacity 15-100). As such, AutoSafe will build the required knowledge and thereby contribute to close a critical gap towards the realisation of seabased autonomous passenger transport solutions. The AutoSafe project will provide the first holistic analysis of the risks associated with uncrewed passenger transport. This includes a novel method for assessment of risks and crewing requirements. It is also expected that the project will develop new methods, systems, and design principles for ensuring passenger safety as well as a method for approval of passenger safety on uncrewed ships. The project partnership is highly interdisciplinary, covering key elements of the maritime value chain by combining world leading research and industry partners. This is necessary to reach the ambitious objectives and all partners are committed to contribute to this goal.

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MAROFF-2-Maritim virksomhet og offsh-2