Hull to Hull (H2H) — an EU-funded research project that aims to develop solutions for safe navigation in close proximity of other vessels and objects — is currently in its concept definition phase, with development of its pilot system to commence this summer.
H2H focuses on solutions for measuring the location and orientation of a vessel and creating a 3D digital twin representing the vessel's hull, which is linked to a coordinate system. This data can then be used as input for an autonomy controller.
The goal of the project is to enable mariners to make precise decisions about navigation, while creating the fundamental conditions for autonomous operation. To achieve this, partners will utilize data from the EGNSS, EGNOS and Galileo satellite systems.
The initiative will also support manual navigation, providing reliable input for the captain or navigator to make better informed decisions. This could potentially be achieved by displaying the digital twin on the ECDIS or other display system. Kongsberg Seatex, a division of Kongsberg Maritime, is coordinating the project.
Other partners include SINTEF Ocean and SINTEF Digital, which will provide broad research-based expertise; KU Leuven, a leading European university and expert on inland waterways navigation; and Mampaey Offshore Industries, a Dutch company that specializes in towing, berthing and mooring systems.
The project will also research specific needs related to auto-mooring and inland waterways, perform lab testing of various sensors and technologies and develop test scenarios for demonstrations scheduled for 2019 and 2020 in Norway's Trondheimsfjorden. Other trials will take place in Rotterdam harbour and inland waterways in Belgium.