Friday Focus: Wartsila’s Dock-to-Dock Automated Tech


Advanced marine technologies company Wartsila has released a 360 experience video showing the successful testing of its automated dock-to-dock solution.

On November 16, 2018, in Hodnanes, Norway, the Smart Docking System prototype was put through its paces as a vessel was controlled from one port to another.

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The system controls a vessel from one port all the way to the next, which means everything from pulling away, to transiting across open water and pulling into the next dock.  

Along the way, the vessel is tracked by CyScan sensors along the shore which measure its range and speed.


Credit: Wartsila 

So far, the prototype has only been tested small vessels and ferries traveling relatively short distances, but Jann Mayer, GNC Development Engineer, Wartsila DP Group, says the technology can be used for vessels that “repeatedly sail the same journey”, such as container ships and tankers.

“The vessel is going automatically from one port to the next without any human intervention, other than just pushing a button telling it to sail” Mayer says.

“It’s very exciting to see all that put together.” 

To see the automated system to its fullest extent and from every possible angle, press the arrows in the corner of the video. 

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