Control concepts for navigation of autonomous ships in ports

Maurits van den Boogaard, Andreas Feys, Mike Overbeek, Joan le Poole, Robert Hekkenberg

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Abstract

In this paper we present a solution for autonomous navigation of ships in a port environment. Said environment is characterized by continuous communication between vessels and traffic control stations, which poses various challenges for autonomous navigation. We tackle these challenges in four control levels that permit the navigation of an autonomous vessel in today’s port environment, based on whether the ship is underway and the need for VHF-communication. The paper concludes with the development and evaluation of operational concepts to make autonomous navigation within the control levels possible. However, (partly) human control is still assumed to be necessary in critical situations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Symposium on High-Performance Marine Vehicles (HIPER 2016)
EditorsVolker Bertram
PublisherTechnische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
Pages225-235
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventHIPER 2016: 10th Symposium on High-Performance Marine Vehicles - Cortona, Italy
Duration: 17 Oct 201619 Oct 2016

Conference

ConferenceHIPER 2016: 10th Symposium on High-Performance Marine Vehicles
CountryItaly
CityCortona
Period17/10/1619/10/16

Keywords

  • unmanned ship
  • human involvement
  • dense traffic
  • human-machine interaction

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