Croatian shipyard Brodosplit, which is located in the coastal city of Split, has started construction an autonomous unmanned ship.
The main purpose of the ship will be to fight fires and prevent pollution with floating dams, i.e. fire fighting in the case of maritime accidents at sea and in the coastal area, Brodosplit said.
The length of the ship is 23.95 meters. The hull and superstructure will be made of shipbuilding aluminium alloy, and the project will result in a functional, recognisable and innovative product of a high technological level.
The goal of the project is the development and demonstration of a fully autonomous unmanned multipurpose ship that will be capable of autonomous navigation in real operational conditions.
The unmanned vessel will enable a more efficient disposal of resources, with no risk for the crew during interventions that would ensure a long-term stay in the open sea or outer islands without the need to change the crew.
It is expected to be able to act quickly and autonomously in the form of prevention and prevention of the spread of sea pollution from oil, and it will also be able to be used to search for people in the sea due to the equipment and sensors it has.
In autonomous mode, the ship can detect and avoid collisions at sea and will be able to continuously monitor risky objects such as oil and gas platforms.
The level of autonomy of the ship’s systems to be reached is AL5, which according to the Lloyd’s Register is classified as full autonomy with rarely supervised operations in which the system independently makes and executes decisions in its entirety.
The ship’s systems will be fully protected from cyber interference through a specially developed cyber protection system.
The purpose of the project is to strengthen the market position of the Brodosplit shipyard through the technological development of a product that is new on the international market and represents a major step forward in mastering the so-called technologies of the future.
Likewise, the research and development program aims to enable the development of a functional innovative product and consequently its placement and commercialisation on the world market.
Work on the project began on June 30, 2020, and was co-financed with EU funds.