IMPROVED PORT EFFICIENCY AND SAFETY USING A NOVEL WIRELESS NETWORK AND DIFFERENTIAL GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEM PROVIDING ENHANCED VESSEL NAVIGATION
DockingAssist will create a centralised, cost-effective, real-time, accurate vessel location and monitoring system, providing the necessary centimetre positioning/speed accuracy. This system will provide efficient and safe manoeuvring within the entire navigation harbour zone enhancing vessel trajectory, and providing constant monitoring for moored/docked vessels.
The DockingAssist system is composed by two parts:
- The harbour will be equipped with a differential GNSS Base Station, and a Wireless Technology offering a range of several kilometres, in order to send the DGPS corrections data to the vessels, and receive real-time position, speed and heading data from them.
- A portable unit will be equipped on the ship side composed mainly of a DGPS receiver and a Wireless node to receive the indications from the harbour.
- Time reduction in transit, enhancing port traffic management and throughput with minimum investment
- Reduction in operating expenses, CO2 emissions and fuel usage
- Less environmental impact of shipping