The Puglia Region, as part of the Program Contracts to support the research and innovation of large companies, has definitively approved the “MARIN” Project (Integrated Remote Naval Environmental Monitoring), with a total investment of over € 6 million on three years duration.
The project proposes the conceptual definition of a multi-functional unmanned marine platform, which integrates and coordinates aerial and underwater drones in a coastal monitoring scenario for environmental safety and littoral security operations, managed remotely, through a control station and the aid of specific decision support systems. In this context, the enabling technologies will be developed and verified in the field through tests at sea on a Technological Demonstrator. This demonstrator will consist of a package of sensors and innovative control systems, suitably released on an existing naval platform of about 20m in length, in order to allow remote monitoring and control from an operator station on the ground.
The project activities will take place in Lecce, with the coordination of SEASTEMA (company of the Fincantieri Group), the participation of RINA Consulting and Co.M.Media (PMI operating in ICT) as well as the scientific collaboration of the University of Salento and Apphia (Innovative SME).
SEASTEMA will take care in particular of the development of automatic control logics, decision support and sensor data fusion, necessary to provide the remote operator with complete management and situational awareness of the vehicle. MARIN will allow SEASTEMA to consolidate and further develop its technological skills in the field of self-guided ships, with the prospect of creating in Lecce, thanks to the support of the Puglia Region and other partners, a center of excellence in one of the maritime sectors with the strongest growth prospects.
Alessandro Concialini, CEO of SEASTEMA, commented: “We strongly believe in the development of unmanned ships and we are particularly proud to put our experience and know-how at the service of such a challenging project, which can be the engine of a strong boost of industrial innovation in the area and beyond. It is thanks to initiatives of this kind that SEASTEMA will strengthen its technological leadership in a very competitive sector.”
Sea News, July 24