MASS and USV test water area “Drone” opened by the administration of Volgo-Balt

The Volgo-Balt administration has created Russia’s first official test water area on inland waterways for testing unmanned vehicles and vessels. The test water area “Drone” is intended for testing and testing technologies for unmanned navigation.

The test area includes two test sites:
– in the eastern part of Lake Ladoga;
– on 1371 km of the Neva River in St. Petersburg (note SeaNews: apparently, this means 1371 km of the Volga-Baltic route).

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Competition for sustainable ocean development projects is open for application

The Skolkovo Foundation in partnership with the “Marine Innovations” company is launching a project competition “UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 14 – Conservation of Marine Ecosystems” for companies and teams specializing in artificial intelligence technologies in the maritime industry.

Applications for participation are accepted until August 18 inclusive https://skai.sk.ru/nominacii/nominaciya-ot-partnera-morskie-innovacii/. (more…)

Victor Olersky is appointed as a new chairman of MARINET Working Group of NTI

The Government Committee for Modernization of Economics and Innovative Development of Russia appointed Victor Olersky as a new chairman of MARINET Working Group of National Technology Initiative.

Viktor Olersky is a well-known representative of the Russian maritime industry, combining the successful international business experience and experience of statesman responsible for the state policy in water transport area.

He was born on April 26, 1965 in Liepaja, the Latvian SSR. In 1987 graduated from the Leningrad highest engineering sea school of the admiral S.O. Makarov in Radio engineering. Candidate of Technical Sciences.

The professional career started in 1987 as engineer of an ACS of the Baltic sea shipping company.
1991 – 1994 – the chief of agency department, the associate director of Infotek Baltika Ltd.
1994 – 2001 – the director, the commercial director of Infotek Baltika Ltd.
2001 – 2003 – chairman of the board of directors of JSC SK Volga Steam Navigation.
2003 – 2009 – the chairman of the board of directors of JSC North-Western Shipping Company. (more…)

Summer 2019: MARINET opens a series of educational events for schoolchildren

The summer of 2019 is becoming one of the most active educational events for schoolchildren by MARINET.

On June 10-28 the first project camp of MARINET was held on the basis of the Skolkovo Innovation Center (Moscow region), on June 27-30 the engineering competition “Solar Regatta” took place in Kazan, including new class of unmanned models on solar batteries.

On July 1, the “Big Challenges” session began in the “Sirius” educational center in Sochi, where MARINET traditionally organizes track “World Ocean and the Arctic Development”. And at the same time the session “The Sea – the Vector of the Future” was started for young navigators from Russia and Canada in the Children’s Center “Orlyonok”. (more…)

MARINET supported new innovative projects at the meeting on April 25

At the MARINET Meeting on April 25 MARINET has approved new projects in digital navigation, innovative shipbuilding and ocean resources development technologies. Supported projects include Autonomous recreational small boats system IQBoat (Aurora Robotics Design Bureau), Compact individual rescue tool with a mechanism for extracting from the water (Energiya-Service LLC), Antifriction composite material based on a hybrid reinforcing material and polymeric thermosetting matrix of a new generation for friction units (Tribocomposite, PKF RADA), Engineering bottom seismic with for multi-wave seismic acoustic research in shallow water areas (Morgeocomplex LLC).

The IQBoat  project by Aurora Robotics is intended for creation of a system of several recreational vessels capable of autonomously sailing along specified routes and mooring remotely controlled from an onshore dispatching office. (more…)

MARINET and WWF intend to cooperate in the new eco-technologies

MARINET and the Wildlife Fund (WWF) intend to collaborate on the development, use and testing of new environmental technologies. According to a representative of the Miron Borgulev Foundation, who spoke at the MARINET meeting, WWF is engaged in projects related to the development of special trawls with a reduced environmental impact, a system of trauma-free repellency of small feeders, automatic catch accounting systems, and the use of alternative types of marine fuels.  (more…)

Governmet will support computer simulation platform for unmanned navigation development

Government Commission for Modernization of the Economy and Innovative Development of Russia approved support of the project Technological platform to develop the unmanned navigation systems based on computer simulation in virtual environment. The total budget of the project is 6,75 million USD. The amount of state support will be 60% of the project budget.

Today the autonomous shipping technologies are the most promising trend in the development of the global maritime industry – both for the civilian fleet and for the Navy. Ships with a high degree of automation will allow to reduce the cost of the crew on board, which are 30-40% of the daily operating expenses of the vessel now – this is one of the key reserves for cost reduction by shipping companies. At the same time, these technologies will reduce the impact of the human factor, which is the main source of not only incidents in the field of shipping safety, but also economic losses associated with inefficient vessel management.  (more…)

Updated MARINET Working Group of the National Technology Initiative

MARINET Working Group of the National Technology Initiative is updated. Currently it includes 19 representatives of companies, research and esucation centers, government organizations and ministries:

1. S. Generalov, President of Industrial Investors Group, Chairman of the Working Group

2. O. Ryazantsev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Co-Chairman of the Working Group

3. M. Barkasov, Project Manager of RVC, Executive Secretary of the Working Group

4. A. Pinskiy, General Director of Industry Association MARINET, Deputy Chairman of the WG, head of the Digital Navigation expert group (more…)

29 applications are supported during the UMNIC contest final

On December 21, JSC “United Shipbuilding Corporation” traditionally hosted the final selection of the UMNIC program in the MARINET areas. The UMNIC program of the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation is aimed at supporting commercially oriented scientific and technical projects of young researchers. Within the program, the Foundation provides grants for scientific research carried out by specialists aged 18 to 30 years.

This year, over 60 applications from more than 10 regions were submitted to the correspondence stage of the competition, 40 of them were selected for the final competition stage.

According to the results of the research projects presentations, 29 applications are supported by the jury. The juri includes experts of MARINET, JSC “USC”, the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation and NTI. (more…)

Electromagnetic sounding technology was presented at the forum in Portugal

Scientists from Irkutsk National Research Techical Institute Yuriy Davydenko and Denis Bogdanovic presented at the international forum  Near Surface Geoscience-2018 the technology for electromagnetic sounding in engineering survey and search of hydrocarbons.

At the exhibition stand, the results of two expeditions were presented: shipboard tests of the unified software and hardware complex “MPAC-3D-ELECTRO”. The works were held last summer in the Black Sea in the framework of the MARINET project. The “MPAC-3D-ELECTRO” power source and the measuring station are installed on the ship, and the generator and receiving braids are towed behind the vessel, triggering and recording electromagnetic pulses that transmit information about the structure of the seabed. Such measuring electromagnetic systems have been successfully used for several years by specialists of the Siberian Geophysical Company to search for hydrocarbons on the Russian Arctic shelf. (more…)