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Rosetti  Superyachts  unveils  a  new  frontier  in  yachting:  the  Remote  Control  Navigation

The  revolutionary  Remote  Control  Systemis  based  on  a M2M connection (machine-to-machine)  system  installed  aboard  Giano Tug,  a  Lloyds  Register-certified  tugboat.

Rosetti  Superyachts  unveils  a  new  frontier  in  yachting:  the  Remote  Control  Navigation

Remote  control  technology  is  a  plus  for  yacht  owner  during  long transfers  by enhancing  security  during  navigation  and offering  the potential  to  reduce  management  and  insurance  costs.

Rosetti  Superyachts is  ahead  of  the  curve.  Thanks  to  the  Rosetti  Marino  Group’s  proven experience  in  the  field  of  shipbuilding,  technological  innovation  and  cutting-edge navigation solutions,  we  are  working  with  the  Group’s  R&D  department  to  transfer  avant-garde Remote  Control  technology  from  the  commercial  sector  and  adapt  it  for  use  in  yachting. Rosetti  Superyachts  is  at  the  forefront  of  a  technological  innovation  that  provides  a competitive  advantage  that  no  other  yacht  builder  in  the  world  can  offer.

In  the  autonomous  revolution  that  is  underway,  nearly  every  transportation  vehicle  will eventually  be  self-driving.  For  cars,  it  is  likely  to  take  years  before  we  see  them operating  freely  outside  of  test  conditions  on  our  roads.  But  some  commercial  unmanned vessels  may  be  at  sea  before  the  end  of  the  decade  and  the  logical  conclusion  is  that superyachts  will  follow.

The  revolutionary  Remote  Control  System  is  based  on  a M2M  connection  (machine-to-machine)  system installed aboard  Giano Tug guaranteed  by  two  Internet  encrypted tunnels that ensure Cyber  Security  with  a  direct  connection  between  the  ship  and  Remote  Bridge, without  needing  to  go through  third  party servers. It  is  thus  possible  to  remotely  manage Giano  wherever  it  is,  controlling  the  video  system,  the  navigation, propulsion  and  engine room equipment.

The  Giano  Tug,  a  Lloyds  Register-certified  tugboat, was presented  during  the  2018  “ITS Tugnology” conventionin  Marseille  from  25  to  29  June,  when  Captain Carsten  Nygaard was  able  to  control  the  tug  from  the  stand  using  the  remote  console.

Using the  same  logic and remote  console,  which  replicate  the  controls  found  on  the bridge,  a  yacht  could be  manoeuvred  without  geographical  limits  by  a  senior  officer located  in  a  land-based  office.  The  commands  are  relayed  to  dry  land  by  the  captain  on board  the  vessel.  A  route  can  then  be  entered  and  the  yacht  ‘delivered’  to  its  final destination  and  progress  is  monitored  via  a  video  system  and  night-vision  cameras, assuring  double  control during  navigation  to  avoid  collisions.

Much  of  the  technology  for  autonomous  vessels  is  already  in  place,  but  regulation  needs to  be  properly  updated.  Autonomous  ships  are  an  area  of  special  interest  to  the International  Maritime  Organisation  (IMO),  which  sets  the  standards  for national  and international  waters.  Last  year,  the  IMO  launched  a  regulatory  scoping  exercise  to analyse  the  impact  of  self-driving  vessels.  

The  extent  of  regulatory  change  will  depend  on the  level  of  autonomy  permitted,  and Lloyd’s  Register,  for  example,  has  already  published  classification  guidance  for  six autonomy  levels. Maritime  law  is  one  of  the  oldest  legal  systems  in  the  world  that  has successfully  adapted  from  sail  to  steam  and  beyond  – no  doubt  the  same  will  hold  true for  autonomous  remote-controlled  vessels  in  the  near  future. 

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