This award is a recognition for the research done to make autonomous tug sailing possible.
Alphatron, Kotug, Rotortug, Veth Propulsion, OnBoard and M2MBlue bundled their strengths to create this remote-controlled guidance system for tugs. This system enables a tug to sail unmanned, with the captain controlling and steering the tug from shore, even across great distance.
Each partner contributed something vital to this project’s success:
- Rotortug; Owner of the tug used in this project, the RT Borkum.
- Kotug; Overall project manager.
- Alphatron; Installed the camera visualization and system integration in the consoles.
- Veth; Integrated the steering and engine control system to switch from local console to remote control and vice versa.
- OnBoard; Installed the conversion of the steering and engine control signal to internet protocol and vice versa.
- M2MBlue; Responsible for the entire IT system. Integrated a stable data connection with a VPN tunnel: an optimized data connection with LAN and 4G bundles combined. The data stream is determined by the number of cameras and the volume of nautical information (e.g. Radar, Ecdis ) that is being displayed.
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. The 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..... No onboard captain steering. See here the live stream of this first demonstration: https://www.facebook.com/m2mblue/videos/1015526955278069/
Read more about the awards: https://www.mpropulsion.com/news/view,gas-fuel-and-hybrid-technology-shines-at-marine-propulsion-awards_57773.htm?fbclid=IwAR1yBbzXLznh4KDAnQHMb3C8-E6oNtoXNOtzp0VEBXHssCnZN2TM2P-O8TE