The new system will be tested for the first time internationally by Fred. Olsen Express in Canary Islands
Fred. Olsen Express advances in a new R+D+i project for long-distance detection of floating objects. The shipping company, together with the technology company Aeromarine and its representatives Teledyne Flir and DSPNOR, is developing a
new location system which combines, for the first time, thermal cameras and advanced radar technology with new high-definition video processing software, which can increase the detection of semi-submerged floating objects up to two nautical miles.
This detection system will connect the radar equipment with thermal cameras to automatically direct them to the area where it is located
a floating object and it will issue immediate alerts on ships, allowing course changes to be made significantly earlier than the current one.
The implementation of this new method places
Fred. Olsen Express and the Canary Islands at the forefront of innovation in maritime navigation systems, and expands the set of systems and procedures for security and automated detection of objects on their journeys.
During the visit to the International Naval Industry Fair in Vigo, Navalia, those responsible for Fred. Olsen Express agreed with technology providers
Teledyne Flir Y
DSPNOR carry out the first tests of this innovative system throughout this year.
The Fleet Director, Juan Ignacio Liaño, and the shipping company's head of technical inspection, Iván Fernández Martínez, met with Enrique Mora, CEO of Aeromarine, and Hans Groenenboom, commercial director of Teledyne Flir, to learn about the
latest advances in technologyradar systems and thermal cameras.
A world leading system
Juan Ignacio Liaño explained that: "This project, which is part of our commitment to innovation, is an important milestone for the company, as it is a pioneering system in the world and a paradigm shift for long-distance sightings during navigation maritime".
Fred's Director of Fleet. Olsen Express announced that, «Since our origins, we have had the objective of keeping the Canary Islands as
international benchmark in the maritime sector, making a permanent effort to keep our fleet at the forefront. The incorporation of this innovative system is one more example”.
«The implementation of this project, in addition to aspiring to facilitate
automatic sightings and highly anticipated elements such as wood, containers and other drifting objects, can also be a milestone for the detection of marine fauna. With the evolution and improvement in radar systems, we aspire to obtain positive results that will be known in the coming year”, he added.
Commitment to the oceans
Fred. Olsen Express maintains its
commitment to R+D+iand for the application of technology in the information management of its routes within its environmental policy. In the last 5 years, the shipping company has continuously invested in renewing its fleet and improving the efficiency and sustainability of its routes.
Among the measures applied by the shipping company, directly related to the reduction of its environmental footprint, is the development of ecological routes, avoiding voluntarily sailing in Special Conservation Areas, those that house the highest concentration of cetaceans. In addition, it provides regular training to its employees in prevention and is committed to
use of technological tools that notify all their ships in real time of the presence of cetaceans, presenting heat maps with the history of the last months or weeks, being able to adapt the routes according to the habits of the marine fauna.
Fred's high-speed fleet. Olsen Express is characterized by
light ships shallow draft, with great maneuverability in a short distance and for operating with propulsion by water jets, instead of conventional propellers.