This remote-controlled sailing system has now been demonstrated successfully several times. The most important demonstrations:
The first demonstration was given during the ITS 2018 in Marseille, the world’s top convention & exhibition for tugs, salvage and OSVs. Alphatron exhibited at the ITS and installed a ship’s bridge on their stand. Their tug, the ‘’RT Borkum’’ was anchored in Rotterdam, approximately 1000 kilometers away. From Alphatron’s bridge in Marseille, the Borkum was controlled and steered over the Nieuwe Maas in Rotterdam.
During the Innovation Expo 2018 at the RDM port in Rotterdam, with over 4000 visitors. The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, was present and showed her interest in this project by visiting the RT Borkum. Spectators during the Innovation Expo demonstrations were also in for a bit of a surprise; besides remote-controlled steering, the tug was also equipped to remotely control firefighting! The onshore captain was able to remotely extinguish a fire without any onboard assistance.