MarRI-UK Smart Maritime Land Operations Workshop 5th Oct

MarRI-UK Smart Maritime Land Operations
MBTC Workshop (On Line)
5th October 2020 10.30 – 12.30

The online event will provide details on the DfT Funded Smart Maritime Land Operations (SMLO) potential programme and seek participant views on key challenges and priorities to be addressed and enable participants to develop potential ideas in advance of a formal request for expressions of interest / proposals from MarRI-UK.

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Details of the proposal:

Smart ships, exploiting advanced navigation and communications technologies such as 5G, with on-board sensors and intelligent systems, using lightly manned semi-autonomous, and in time, un-manned and fully autonomous vessels navigating freely around our coasts requiring support services when alongside land infrastructure (e.g. ports, bases). They will operate seamlessly with digital, inter-connected Smart Maritime Land Operations (SMLOs) and trading systems, which use autonomous vehicles and remotely operated loading/unloading facilities coupled with advance ship-shore communication systems for vessel traffic management and just-in-time operations to drive up efficiency and productivity. SMLOs will be closely linked to smart cities and transportation optimising onwards connectivity through rail, road and indeed inland waterways. SSLOs will see more digitalization initiatives like the Digital Twin concept being adopted to reduce reliance on human manpower for manual work and better control remotely. Logistic and asset data from disparate sources is handled using technologies such as block chain to quickly, securely, transparently and accurately, connect owners, operators, hauliers, traders, insurers and supply chains, with real time information about their products or assets. This will also support alternative transport models, moving from road-based solutions to adopt short sea and coastal shipping solutions removing congestion and emissions from the roads of the UK. They will adopt and accommodate clean technologies to reduce their environmental impact as well as support different clean ship support requirements.
Potential thematic areas (subject to workshop/consultation with stakeholders)
Potential thematic areas subject to consultation with stakeholders could include and are not limited to:
1. Zero Emission Power Generation, distribution and supply using micro-grid approaches for SSLOs and ships alongside (a micro-grid would offer maximum flexibility and resilience against emerging zero emission technology).
2. Application of digital technologies and 5G communications networks to enable the tracking of goods, spares and similar materiel both through and within national borders, to include security, traceability, condition monitoring etc. ;
3. Preparing for alternative fuelled vessels including aspects such as safety management of operations, bunkering, de-bunkering, local production (e.g. of Hydrogen / Ammonia);
4. Automated mooring/unmooring and ship services connections (e.g. for recharging batteries etc);
5. Port scheduling and navigation services for autonomous / lightly crewed vessels to include potential solutions for water space management such as traffic segregation;
6. Integrated Port Operation Centres to include people elements, pilotage of autonomous / remotely controlled vessels linked potentially to smart city infrastructure;
7. Assessment of regulatory, health and safety and legal requirements;

MarRI-UK are undertaking a phased approach based around 4 distinct areas of work:
Phase 1 (Concept development) Through workshops to develop and scope detailed concepts, coordinated by the MarRI-UK team and members, under current lockdown conditions we suggest a two to three month period comprising 4 workshops with interested parties. Industry participants would be asked to attend at their own cost. Output a linked series of concepts to be taken forward with indication of costs and an exploitation roadmap
Phase 2 Detailed development of project Scopes: Scoping a series of demonstration projects which clearly linked and fully costed either through consortia or through individual members, as agreed during the workshops. Where possible to include existing funded projects, to include routes to exploitation, assessment of competition, leading to business case for investment, possibly matched funded to attract SME engagement, Duration 2 months. Output Agreed project requirements suitable for proposal generation and contract action and supporting the business case
Phase 3 Project delivery (and Integration): Following award of contracts, delivery of the projects with selected “system integrator” possible , expected period no more than 18 months (although 12 months may be more attractive) suggest we time bound the activity to help drive innovation and decision making. Output series of demonstrators as defined in Phase 2, linked and operating in a representative environment
Phase 4 Demonstration and communication: Final phase to showcase achievements to appropriate audiences through evaluation, demonstration, reports and other communications as appropriate, to include support to investment business cases to aid industrial take up.