Bosch Rexroth and Barge Master have introduced a new autonomous landing system for motion compensated gangways.
The system is said to automatically attach the landing to the required site without the need for manual input through a combination of radar technology, cameras and sensors.
Once connected, the landing uses the usual motion compensation which works alongside the vessel’s dynamic positioning system to ensure a steady connection with the platform.
“There are a number of benefits to the autonomous landing system. First of all, it’s a further improvement of safety,” said Rene Coppens, Business Development for Barge Master systems at Bosch Rexroth.
“Perhaps most importantly though, our systems increases the available operational hours. Our system can work in difficult conditions and does not depend on availability of operators, so it can really improve the uptime. These three key benefits present a real step forward in autonomous landing solutions.”
According to Bosch Rexroth, the autonomous landing solution is available to order at new build vessels and should be available for retrofit later this year on the Barge Master motion compensated gangways.