Innovation through Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK)

Innovation through Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK)

A day of exciting webinars and virtual demonstrations that showcase some of the most exciting breakthroughs in UK Innovation. Featuring Keynote Speaker – Petra Wilkinson, Director of Maritime, Department for Transport.

When: 9am – 3pm, 12th October, 2022

Format: Online Conference


09:00 – Opening remarks

     John Hudson, Director of MarRI-UK 

09:05 – DfT Keynote speech – government supports innovation and technology development in maritime

     Petra Wilkinson, Director of Maritime, Department for Transport

09:15 – An Introduction to MarRI-UK

An introduction of MarRI-UK and its latest activities

     Richard Westgarth, BMT, Chair of MarRI-UK working group

09:40 – Q&A

09:45 – Hydrodynamic data integration for safe port navigation

Andy Plater, University of Liverpool

To ensure safe and efficient access to ports, University of Liverpool has developed Eigenshores, a system using a combination of data technologies (satellite and land-based radar) and novel analysis methods (Machine Learning and modal decomposition) in a unique and integrated way to routinely and automatically detect changes in sub- and intertidal bathymetry to alert changes in water depth that threaten safe navigation. Further to enhancing port safety, the system will optimize the deployment of maintenance surveys and dredging and thus reduce fuel use, CO2 emissions and cost.

Who should attend: Port authorities, Marine dredging companies

10:15 – Highly automated non-destructive testing of ship structures with a thrust vectoring drone

Ken Wahren, CEO, Autonomous Devices

Argus is a highly automated system for remote NDT, especially the capture of thickness measurements during surveys. Argus overcomes severe access challenges for inspectors, enabling safer and more efficient inspection of even the most challenging geometries. In the long term, Argus systems resident on future Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships will provide shore control operators with a flexible telepresence for a range of remote inspection and investigation tasks.

Who should attend: Classification society, Shipyards, Ship owners

10:45 – Break

11:00 – Lookout Not Looking Out

The bridge watchkeepers must maintain a visual lookout as required by the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. The ever-increasing number of multifunction displays (MFDs) on modern ship bridges are meant to facilitate the watchkeeper in improving navigational safety. On the contrary, a high proportion of accidents attributed to lack of a proper lookout with the anecdotal evidence suggesting that the watchkeepers are spending too much time on MFDs. This research investigates the underlying issues with outputs leading to defining the an ‘optimised’ visual scanning pattern for maintaining an efficient lookout as well as development of an ideal Human Interface Design concept for the modern ship’s bridges.

     Abdul Khalique, Head of Maritime Centre, Liverpool John Moores University

Who should attend: Deck watchkeeping personnel, deck cadets and officers, training providers, MCA, MAIB, MNTB, ship operators, Ship owners

11:30 – Global Ocean Surveillance Network

Andrew Durrant, CEO, PicSea

PicSea has developed a low-risk, affordable, quick solution to conduct underwater photographic surveys. The solution of a swarm of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV’s) can be deployed underwater to collect images and data according to defined routes. Following retrieval, data can be downloaded and post-processed. A georeferenced 3D reconstruction of the target area can be produced.

Who should attend: Offshore windfarm operators, Oil and gas professional, Port infrastructure maintainers, Fishing / Fisheries, Marine scientists, Marine Archaeologists

12:00 – Lunch break

13:00 – Effective assessment of maritime cyber risks by using MaCRA

MaCRA is a unique maritime cyber risk assessment solution for international shipping operators and insurer. It dynamically responds to changes made within ships’ systems and to threats associated with voyage-specific route and cargo contexts to provide real-time, operation-specific cyber risk assessment. Join us to see a demonstration.

     Kevin Forshaw, Director of Industrial and Strategic Partnerships, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Plymouth

Who should attend: Ship operators, Insurers

13:30 – Offshore Charging for Hybrid and Electric Vessels

Andy Collins, Commercial Director, Oasis Marine Power

The OASIS Power Buoy is an offshore mooring station which is also connected to wind turbines allowing vessels to moor up, plug in, and recharge with a zero-emission power source fed directly from wind turbines. Initially aimed at Wind Farm Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs) the Oasis Power Buoy provides the critical need for offshore charging infrastructure for hybrid and all-electric vessels. By advancing the duration that hybrid and electric CTVs can operate using low-cost renewable energy, Oasis Marine are making these zero-emission journeys viable and are enabling major carbon reductions for the offshore wind industry.

Who should attend: Ship owners, Ship designers

14:00 – Intelligent Ship Centre (IGNITE)

Laurie Wright, Associate Professor of Marine Sustainability, Solent University

The IGNITE project is developing a scaled demonstration and training facility for remotely operated Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS). Solent University is the only institution worldwide with both advanced manned model and simulation capability. Working with leading experts, Wärtsilä the IGNITE project will innovatively link the manned model and simulation centres. The project will enable complex simulation and training in real traffic interactions and high-risk manoeuvres in a safe and controlled environment.

Who should attend: Ship Owners, Ship Designers

14:30 – Closing

Richard Westgarth, BMT, Chair of MarRI-UK working group

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