C.I.MAR.E. ST. LAWRENCE BRANCH INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM FOR AN INFORMATIVE WEBINAR
DATE: TUESDAY, February 9th
TIME: 12:00 pm EST (9:00 am PACIFIC, 1:00 pm ATLANTIC, 1:30 pm NFLD)
Automated Sailing and Docking Technology Today
Wärtsilä’s Voyage division installed its first commercial SmartMove Suite navigation system aboard the 42-year-old laker American Courage in March 2020. The self-discharging vessel is 630 feet (192 m) long and operates on Ohio’s winding Cuyahoga River. This waterway can be very congested, and Wärtsilä says that it is easily the most challenging route for any vessel using automated sailing and docking technology today.
“Advanced decision support systems, such as Wärtsilä’s SmartMove, bring value because they can automate the repetitive tasks, such as docking on repeated itineraries,” said Wärtsilä Voyage’s John J. Marshall. “This is not about going captain-free, rather, enhancing the capabilities of onboard crew as they traverse shuttle routes, congested or restricted areas.
The version of the system installed aboard American Courage uses the surrounding environment for vessel positioning, making it ship-based rather than on shore, according to Pierre Pelletreau of Rand-ASC Holdings, American Steamship’s parent company. It is designed to meet the firm’s requirement for a position margin of less than two meters.
John Marshall, Senior Business Development Manager,
Automation & Dynamic Positioning, Wärtsilä Voyage
John Marshall is a marine professional with over 20+ years’ experience in operations, logistics and construction in the marine and E&P industries. John held positions as Vice President and Officer of the Company for Canada’s oldest and largest marine transportation company. John joined Wärtsilä in 2016.