MARCH 13, 2017 — Wärtsilä is using this week’s Seatrade Cruise Global exhibition in Fort Lauderdale to introduce a system designed to provide safer and more efficient vessel operations by reducing the risks associated with maneuvering.
Called SmartPredict, it displays the vessel’s predicted future position and heading. It uses proven dynamic positioning (DP) analysis algorithms to evaluate forces affecting the vessel, thereby providing advanced motion prediction. SmartPredict also features a configurable prediction time display.
Wärtsilä says that while most conventional prediction systems are able to utilize only basic input parameters, the SmartPredict software module utilizes all of the parameters used for automated control by the DP and adjusts them for the motion characteristics of the specific vessel. Such inputs include the vessel’s current position and heading, as well as its velocity and rate of turn and all associated accelerations. Also taken into consideration are the manual commands from the coordinated control joystick, and environmental input from the onboard wind sensor(s). These factors are all continuously evaluated to provide a constant updating of the vessel’s path.
“Allowing the operator to see into the future enables smarter and safer ship handling decisions to be made, thus lowering the risk of accidents occurring,” says Maik Stoevhase, Director, ANC & Integrated Systems, Electrical & Automation, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions. “We see SmartPredict as being an important step towards more automated procedures, such as docking, and eventually fully autonomous vessel maneuvering
The Wärtsilä user interfaces provide a simple, intuitive display, allowing the operator to toggle on or off the “ghost ship”indicators for the predicted positions. This display also allows the user to configure the time steps for the predictions. Fully compatible with the Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS) overlay function, SmartPredict provides clear indications of potential dangers during ship manoeuvring, thus immediately increasing the safety and efficiency of operations.