„Monitoring and Observation System for Port Areas Using Floating Unmanned Mobile Research Platforms”
The Marine Technology company, as a result of the completed tender, was selected to perform the contract for services related to research and measurements via an unmanned unit for the project with the acronym MPSS. The project is also the first project implemented by the Port of Gdynia Authority SA. with the support of funds that come from the funds of the Norwegian mechanism in the current perspective.
The aim of the MPSS project is to identify the possibilities for the accreditation of tests with water-based platforms and to provide recommendations for the unification of technical standards in this field.
The project consists of the use of a mobile research platform for the Port of Gdynia and includes two very important tasks to be completed by 31 December 2023.
Task 1: Performing hydrographic measurements: bathymetric measurements and sonar surveys in the indicated port waters.
Task 2: Automatic sampling of water (surface and deep seabed) and bottom sediments at designated measuring points and measurements made with the use of a plankton grid at any time of the year.
Port of Gdynia Authority SA. provides for the following key benefits of the MPSS project implementation:
determination of boundary conditions for the safety of the movement of unmanned platform on port waters in relation to other ships and port infrastructure;
increasing the efficiency of works carried out in the port by implementing uniform rules for the use of unmanned platforms in port waters (in cooperation with the Maritime Office and the Harbor Master's Office in Gdynia);
implementation of the assumptions of the European Union policy in the field of climate protection and the protection of the Baltic Sea waters through the implementation of a pro-ecological monitoring system;
ensuring constant supervision over port waters, taking into account places difficult to reach or dangerous for humans, extending the scope of observation of the marine environment thanks to the measurement of water currents and waves with their modeling;
increasing the intensity of research work (even 24 hours a day, 7 days a week);
increasing the level of environmental performance and innovation of the port;
identification of the conditions necessary for the widespread use of floating drones for research in port waters.
Sampling must be carried out in winter, spring, summer and autumn. So far, the company has carried out a mission in winter, spring and summer. The last, fall, salary is scheduled for October 2022. The area scope is the Basins in the Port of Gdynia, characterized by a high concrete quay, which, however, is not a major problem for Marine Technology due to meticulously planned work.
The water samples taken from the unmanned platform are analysed by the laboratory so that a physico-chemical profile of the harbour water is generated during the project. The data, observations and analyses obtained will feed into the final report, which will include recommendations and guidance to the state administration regarding the use of unmanned platforms for research and surveying in the port area.
The implementation of solutions using unmanned platforms in the Port of Gdynia will directly contribute to the development of strong trends in the maritime industry aimed at the development of systems based on autonomy.
You can also read about the project on the official website of the Port of Gdynia Authority SA.(in Polish).
You can read about the project and the participation of the HydroDron-1 unit in the following journals: