MARINET is developing cooperation with Norwegian partners

The two-day Russian-Norwegian seminar on the development of cooperation in the field of civil shipbuilding, which was attended by representatives of more than 30 companies and organizations of the two countries, was hold on May 28-29, 2019 in Alesund (Norway). The main topics of the seminar were cooperation in the field of localization of solutions of Norwegian companies in Russia and cooperation in the field of innovation and high-tech solutions within the MARINET platform.

MARINET participants have presented their advanced solutions and projects, such as the e-Navigation pilot project (Kronstadt Technologies), Operational satellite services and analytics for the maritime industry (SCANEX),Integrated geophysical 3D mapping of seabed (Marine Innovations), Underwater positioning, navigation and communication (Laboratory of Underwater Communication and Navigation), Innovative technologies for fisheries (Kaliningrad State Technical University), Technologies for deep processing of aquaculture (InAgroBio), Autonomous and remote navigation Trial Project (Industry Association MARINET), Solar Regatta (National Center of Engineering Competitions and Contests). During the plenary and bilateral meetings, a number of specific areas of cooperation were identified for the implementation of joint research projects and the development of high-tech solutions.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) was proposed to develop the joint interdisciplinary projects in the field of autonomous navigation, seismic prospecting and hydroacoustics, the implementation of which is scheduled to begin this autumn. Project participants from the Russian side are the research teams of the R-sensor, Marine Innovations, the Laboratory of Underwater Navigation and Communications, 4DPRMTechnologies and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.

“We are already cooperating with the Oslo City University within the framework of the OASYS project, the Norwegian side is using our equipment to provide positioning and communication for underwater vehicles. We expect that cooperation with NTNU will allow us to expand our cooperation, including the development of our Undewater Internet of Things project”, says Arthur Abelentsev, general director of the Laboratory for Underwater Navigation and Communications.

Another area of ​​cooperation with NTNU could be the development of joint proposals for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to regulate autonomous navigation. “We believe that the joint promotion of regulators in the field of autonomous navigation in IMO, as well as the exchange of experience on the certification of these technologies between DNV GL and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping, will be mutually beneficial to our countries. Now in Norway and Russia, we have two the world’s largest projects in the practical testing of autonomous technologies at the same time. And, despite the competition, we are both interested in the regulatory development for for commercial implementation of our solutions”, says Andrey Rodionov, CEO of Kronstadt Technology.

The ScanEx group of companies, which last year launched the unique geo-information services portal for the maritime industry with the support of MARINET, proposed the joint development of remote sensing services in the Arctic, a key region for both countries. The proposal includes combining a network of satellite stations for operational reception of space information, creating a unified catalog of maritime information services for joint promotion in the market, unifying formats for providing satellite information to customers, creating a single databank of key, strategic information on hydrometeorological conditions in the Arctic in order to improve navigation safety and reduce the risk of environmental incidents.