Ferry Sunflower is Test Bed for "Intelligent Awareness"
be deployed with the aim of making the vessel safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings. This will be achieved by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems; such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role. The intelligent awareness system will benefit from Rolls-Royce’s extensive experience in the Tekes funded project Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA)
First Emirati Port Operations Team in Abu Dhabi
; a system that helps with identifying, following and organizing the vessels at sea. The VTS collects traffic and ship data, for example the intention of a ship’s visit, through radar, closed-circuit television (CCTV), Very High Frequency (VHF) radiotelephony and the Automatic Identification System (AIS). The collected data is compiled at the VTS operator’s work station located inside the port’s control tower, from where the operator uses it to respond to the traffic situation at sea. Pilotage Next, a pilot from Abu Dhabi Marine Services is