Raytheon Anschütz demonstrates collision avoidance system

September 3, 2018 – COLREG-compliant collision avoidance is among the primary tasks of navigators. Today’s rising maritime traffic density and growing ship dimensions make this task increasingly demanding and add to the already often high workload on ships’ bridges.

Thus, Raytheon Anschütz together with research partners both from industry and academia has developed an innovative assistance system to aid its users in making maritime traffic safer. Inspired by solutions applied in the aviation industry the MTCAS project has developed the Maritime Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System. Adapting this proven approach to the specific requirements of shipping, MTCAS is an intelligent and cooperative system to reliably detect potential close encounter situations and to assist navigators in applying effective collision avoidance measures.

MTCAS uses conventional navigational information from e.g. electronic sea charts, ARPA and AIS which are augmented by innovative methods for improved positioning and prediction as well as historical tracking data. Furthermore, information exchange between ships creates transparency about the ships’ intentions and enables decision-making based on a common situational understanding. As a result, the navigator on the bridge is provided with an improved situational awareness along with recommendations on how to act in the existing traffic situation. The proposed maneuvers are in compliances with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) and thus improve sea traffic safety.

Additionally to lead partner Raytheon Anschütz, the project consortium is complemented by AIRBUS Defence & Space (formerly SIGNALIS), the Institute of Informatics of the University of Oldenburg (OFFIS), the Institute of Innovative Ship Simulation and Maritime Systems of Wismar University of Applied Sciences (ISSIMS) as well as by the Institute of Communication and Navigation of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

The solutions which are being developed as part of the MTCAS project will be demonstrated live and under in-situ conditions. For this purpose, two vessels and a vessel traffic service center are equipped with the respective prototype technologies by Raytheon Anschütz and project partner AIRBUS. Within this set-up, participants can experience MTCAS’ capabilities and benefits in real-time scenarios. Detailed background information will also be available through presentation sessions and through direct exchange with the researchers.

The MTCAS project demonstration will take place on September 06th 2018 in the German seaport of Wilhelmshaven.