Autonomous vessel lab to install new navigation simulator

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Wärtsilä has delivered a new navigation simulator and accompanying set of specific mathematical models to the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) in the city of Rauma, Finland, to be incorporated into the Intelligent Shipping Technology Test Laboratory (ISTLAB) project.

ISTLAB aims to create a technically precise testing environment for remotely controlled autonomous vessels, with the goal of identifying new potential applications for remote pilotage systems.

“The intention is to eventually develop an actual case study. However, first we need to carry out simulated testing, and for this the Wärtsilä technology is essential,” said Meri-Maija Marva, Training Manager, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences.

“The overall support from Wärtsilä in this tremendously important project has been critical.”

Wärtsilä and SAMK have have an existing relationship stretching back more than 20 years. The university already has a full mission simulator with six bridges at its facility, which was installed in 2016.

“This project is yet another example of how Wärtsilä’s simulation technology can enable an essential testing environment for future, ready-to-go, smart marine solutions,” said Alexander Ozersky, Deputy General Manager, Voyage Solutions, Wärtsilä.

“The results of this project, and the technology involved, can be utilised worldwide to deliver enhanced safety and efficiency in marine operations.”

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