Technology company Wartsila has delivered what it calls “an essential enabler for the testing of autonomous vessels” to the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) in Finland.
In a statement, Wartsila said it had delivered a navigation simulator and specific mathematical modals to SAMK as part of the Intelligent Shipping Technology Test Laboratory (ISTLAB) project.
Wartsila went on to say that the test laboratory is the first of its kind in the world and that it will open up new possibilities of remote piloting.
“This project is yet another example of how Wärtsilä’s simulation technology can enable an essential testing environment for future, ready-to-go, smart marine solutions,” Alexander Ozersky, Deputy General Manager, Voyage Solutions, Wärtsilä.
The results of this project, and the technology involved, can be utilised worldwide to deliver enhanced safety and efficiency in marine operations.”
“The intention is to eventually develop an actual case study. However, first we need to carry out simulated testing, and for this the Wärtsilä technology is essential,” commented Meri-Maija Marva, Training Manager, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences.
“The overall support from Wärtsilä in this tremendously important project has been critical.”