Research and Development (R&D)
Our focus areas within research and development are remote sensors and sensing techniques, oil spill contingency and maritime navigation aid
The MUNIN Project (2012-2013): Maritime Unmanned Navigation through Intelligence in Networks
Partners: Fraunhofer Institute, Norsk Marinteknisk Forskningsinstitutt AS, Chalmers Tekniska Högskola AB, Hochschule Wismar, MarineSoft Entwicklungs- und Logistikgesellschaft mbH, Marorka ehf and University College Cork
Scope of work
The MUNIN research project developed a technical concept for the operation of an unmanned merchant ship and assessed its technical, economic and legal feasibility. The concept‘s core is a ship which is completely unmanned at least for parts of the voyage. Furthermore, the project aimed for short-term exploitation potentials to support the technological progress in conventional shipping.
The TOSM Project (2013-2014): Tactical Oil Spill Management JIP
Partners: Eni Norway, GDF Suez E&P Norway, the Norwegian Coastal Administration, OMV Norway and Statoil
Scope of Work: To develop and add new functionality to Aptomar's Tactical Oil Spill Management System (TCMS). This included remote control of the SECurus sensor, streaming and control of 3rd party camera sources into the TCMS, infrastructure for communication between resources participating on-site, integration of 3rd party GIS data into TCMS, and integration of remote sensing into an oil spill combating simulator.
The AOSD Project: Automatic Oil Spill Detection
2011-2014: Concept Study, 2015-2018: Completion of Development, 2019: Commercialisation
Partners: Eni Norway, Statoil, the Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway
Scope of Work: Development of a new, multi-sensor oil spill detection system for close-proximity and long range automatic oil spill detection during drilling, for production units, shuttle tankers and terminals. The system aims to reduce the number of false positive detections by x-band radar to a minimum by adding information from multiple sensors sources like infrared camera, satellite, additional radars, meteorological sensors and subsea process sensors. AOSD is made as an application for Aptomar SeaCOP), and is intended to work as a complete GIS-based software solution for field surveillance, that can be shared as common operating picture between all resources on land and offshore.
The Oljevern 2015 project: Automatic Oil Spill Detection (2015-2018)
Partners: The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO), the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) and Innovation Norway
Scope of Work: To enhance NOFO's and NCA's ability to build, use and exchange a common operating picture (COP) during oil spill preparedness and combating operations on NCS by extending the existing SECurus and TCMS (SeaCOP) systems with new and improved functionality for data access and sharing. Further, to increase the overall robustness and efficiency of the solution, meaning that these tools need to be capable of adapting to-, and operate under less than ideal situations, such as varying network bandwidth.
Design and delivery of remote sensing and emergency response management solution for the GOLIAT field in production (2012-2017)
Partners: Eni Norway AS
Scope of Work: Custom design and delivery of a holistic solution for remote oil spill monitoring- and emergency response managment for Goliat FPSO with associated ERRV vessels and shuttle tankers. The project included installation of Aptomar sensors, Aptomar software for field-monitoring and tactical collaboration, integration of 3rd party sensors like satellite, OSD radar and ROV, training of personnel, and necessary documents and plans for oil spill contingency and communication. The system is in full operational use today.
The MBR project
Full use of MBR (Maritime Broadband Radio) during decentralised operations (2018-2019)
Partners: The Norwegian Coastal Administration and Kongsberg Seatex
Scope of Work: To develop solutions that fully utilises the MBR network from KONGSBERG with sensor and tactical communication integration, and data sharing in decentralised operations. This enables the Norwegian Coastal Administration to operate directly and independent of internet connection.