Wärtsilä ANCS, a division of the Wärtsilä technology group, has partnered with Seaspan, a prominent marine transportation and shipbuilding company, to introduce the SmartDock autodocking system. This collaboration marks a ground-breaking advancement towards fully autonomous docking and undocking operations in the maritime industry, enhancing safety and operational efficiency.

Revolutionising Docking Operations
The SmartDock system, developed by Wärtsilä ANCS, enables Seaspan’s vessels to perform autonomous docking manoeuvres under challenging conditions, such as strong currents. This system uses an advanced UKF (Unscented Kalman Filter) estimator, integrating sensor measurements from GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and Wärtsilä ANCS’s laser sensor Cyscan AS. This integration allows for precise position and rate estimates of the vessel’s motion, ensuring safe and consistent autonomous docking and undocking maneuvers.

Pioneering Technological Integration
The commissioning of the Seaspan Trader cargo vessel with the SmartDock system marks the beginning of a new era in maritime technology. The Seaspan Transporter cargo vessel is scheduled to be equipped with the system in late 2023 or early 2024. Operating in the waters of British Columbia, Canada, these vessels will demonstrate the practical application of this innovative technology in commercial maritime operations.

Advancing Maritime Automation
Klaus Egeberg, Director of Dynamic Positioning at Wärtsilä ANCS, expressed enthusiasm for the ongoing support and potential broader implementation of SmartDock in Seaspan’s fleet. The integration of this technology is a testament to Seaspan’s commitment to innovation and operational excellence in maritime operations.

Enhancing Safety and Efficiency
The SmartDock system is not just a technological achievement; it represents a significant step forward in enhancing safety and efficiency in maritime operations. By automating complex docking procedures, the system reduces the potential for human error, ensuring smoother and more reliable operations.

The collaboration between Wärtsilä and Seaspan with the SmartDock autodocking system sets a new benchmark in the maritime industry, showcasing the potential of autonomous navigation technology. This partnership not only enhances operational capabilities but also exemplifies Seaspan’s dedication to leading the industry in technological advancements and operational excellence.

About Wärtsilä ANCS
Wärtsilä ANCS, a division of Wärtsilä, is a global leader in innovative maritime technologies, focusing on enhancing safety, efficiency, and compliance in vessel operations.

About Seaspan
Seaspan is a leading marine transportation and shipbuilding company, renowned for its commitment to technological innovation and excellence in maritime operations.

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