Marine Technology Sp. z o.o.

Poland, 81-521 Gdynia, Wiktora Roszczynialskiego 4 lok. 6
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Marine Technology Company was established in Gdynia in 1998, incorporated by a notarial act in February 1998. Marine Technology is a non-profit spin out a research profile and the main business is to conduct research and development in the field of engineering. The company works with a wide body of experts in the field of navigation, hydrography, geoinformatics, surveying and cartography, computer science and others. The company headquarters are located in Gdynia and Szczecin city is a branch office.
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Our projects
  • HydroNav3D


  • The subject of the project The system of autonomous navigation and automatic 3D hydrography of the unmanned floating platform is a significant improvement of the product of the company Marine Technology autonomous / remote-controlled multi-purpose surface platform for operations in port areas, on roads, anchorages, lagoons, bays and lakes, rivers and other areas limited by developing an autonomous system 3D navigation and automatic hydrography platform. Such an improved unit will be able to perform measurement missions in the field of bathymetric, sonar and other measurements in autonomous mode by implementing an adaptively planned trajectory and conducting an automatic analysis of 3D measurement data (around the platform) in near real-time.


  • Autonomous navigation and automatic 3D hydrography systems installed on an unmanned surface vehicle will be an innovative solution on a global scale. The HydroDrona software will be extended with functions such as adaptive planning of measurement profiles during hydrographic works, automatic analysis of image data around the unit in near real-time and many others.


  • It is planned to develop the following software modules that significantly improve the product, technologies used and the possibilities of providing services:

  • •The module for adaptive planning and implementation of measurement profiles, based on the actual width of the measurement belt depending on the depth of the basin and bottom type, in close to real-time - the module will enable better measurement efficiency by optimizing the measurement time, energy consumed and reducing redundant data due to avoiding acquisition data from areas previously searched;

  • •The module for the automatic classification of the bottom type - the system without the operator's participation, will implement the bottom type classification for the dredging or editing of navigation maps. Identification of four types of the bottom is anticipated: mules, sands and anthropogenic mules, fine-grained sand, coarse-grained sand;

  • •The module of automatic recognition and identification of bottom objects during the implementation of the measurement mission - automation of identification of bottom objects will allow automatic mapping of detected objects without the participation of the system operator, leaving the operator only supervisory functions. Identification of natural objects is expected: boulders, flooded trees and artificial: corpses of wanted persons, elements of hydro-technical constructions, wrecks, fishing nets, pipelines, cables, solid pollution;

  • •Module for the automatic construction of a numerical model of the bottom and sonar mosaic in close to real-time - construction of a numerical model of the terrain and sonar mosaic in close to real-time will significantly improve the process of measuring data processing and construction of the bathymetric map of the basin and bottom purity test report;

  • •Module of multisensor shoreline extraction to determine the area of ​​permissible maneuvers of the platform and zero isobath based on sensory fusion of images from radar, lidar and video cameras - the platform will automatically determine the course of the shoreline in order to determine the basin enabling hydrographic measurements and the area of ​​permissible maneuvers in including anti-collision in water areas on which electronic navigational charts have not yet been made, in particular rivers and lakes covered by measurements.


  • So far, no producer in the world has offered such advanced technologies for autonomous navigation and automatic 3D hydrography of unmanned units.


  • SHREC


  • Under the LIDER programme financed by the National Centre for Research and Development in Marine Technology, the SHREC automatic ship identification system is being developed. Vessel traffic monitoring is a key issue for the safety of shipping, especially in restricted areas. The objective of this research and development project is to develop a prototype for an automatic recognition and identification system for unconventional craft on the basis of images and video streams from cameras forming part of marine information systems installed in special attention areas. Current AIS systems, both in maritime and inland navigation, require the purchase and installation of expensive transmitting and receiving equipment on board vessels and do not cover small commercial or recreational vessels, e.g. yachts, motorboats or research vessels. These units may pose a potential navigational or even terrorist threat, be of interest to customs or simply create obstacles to traffic in a restricted area.


  • The SHREC system will allow for automation of the process of unit recognition, identification of these units as automatic and structured information in the target system and its transmission to other systems, e. g. for the purpose of alerting services about the threat. In addition, the system will ensure that a recognised unit can be classified on the basis of a pattern database in case it cannot be identified.


  • The main tasks of the project are:

  • •analysis of current standards, norms and legislative issues concerning the labelling of vessels, technological capabilities of monitoring systems and navigation information systems,

  • •developing a method for automatic recognition of ships from digital images using the latest methods of machine vision and artificial intelligence,

  • •design and construction of a demonstration system with architectural architecture of contemporary shipping business systems such as river RIS or maritime VTS,

  • •construction of a research platform and verification of the system's operation both in laboratory and real-world conditions.


  • Potential recipients of the project results will be the administrators of river and maritime information systems, whose main task is to ensure the safety of navigation in the area under their jurisdiction.

Marine Technology Ltd. (MT) is a research-oriented non-profit spin-out company. The main activity of the company are research and development in the area of engineering. The company cooperates with a large group of experts in the field of navigation, hydrography, geoinformatics, geodesy and cartography, IT and others.
Marine Technology aims at various topics of doing research, where use of modern technologies and focus on innovation are the common drivers of all orders. A very important indicator that singles out the company is seeking projects that have best potential of practical implementation.
Marine Technology has wide research and practical experience in sensors technology, River Information Services, navigation sensor planning, port planning and hydrographic measurements as well as geoinformatics systems and hydrographic measurements. There should be noticed that company is knowledgeable about the ergonomic design of graphical user interfaces and also has many years of experience on research in the field of electronic maps, including gained experience during the development of the Inland Electronic Navigational Chart (IENC) for River Information System (RIS) for Lower Odra.
Since 1998, when Marine Technology has been founded, it had active contribution in research projects.
Significant achievements:
• Developing of geoinformatic systems projects. In 2015 MT developed two functional-utility programs: of full implementation of RIS of border and lower section of the Oder (Purchaser: Inland Water Authority Szczecin) and of westpomeranian infrastructure of geoinformation system (Purchaser: Westpomeranian Marshal Authority Szczecin).
• Two patents applications and own method of radar signal processing including target tracking and data fusion.
• IENC for Inland Water Authority in Szczecin. Marine Technology has developed the first in Poland Electronic Navigation Charts according the Inland ECDIS standard, thereby fulfil the highest standard of accuracy in bathometry and topography.
• Three-dimensional and time-varying dynamic ENC. Execute series of analysis and research in field of creating the three-dimension charts with ergonomic users interface.
• Precise Port Electronic Charts. Made first in Poland precision port ENC with the highest accuracy of mapping especially useful in Port security systems.
Human Resources:
The most important asset of the company are our skilled employees and business associates who deliver meaningful knowledge and experience. Marine Technology cooperate with large group of experts depending on the needs of specific projects. Associates have high academic qualifications what let to take innovative topics and even wider range of research and development.
Employees are certified in PRINCE2 project management methodology hence all projects implemented by Marine Technology comply with this methodology.
MT employees are members of European harmonizing RIS system groups for many years, including groups involved in the development of international standards for electronic charts for inland navigation (Inland ENC Harmonization Group (IEHG)).
Resources:
The company poses the necessary material resources to carry out research projects. All work undertaken by the company are characterized by high level of innovation and focus on implementation. These research are carried on with regards to the specific request of the customer, and usually the outcome of this research is ready to implement methods / algorithms, or even a pilot implementation. Focusing on new technology is cause of a larger share of innovation methods and techniques in company study involve navigation and hydrographic topic including also artificial intelligence method (especially artificial neural networks). Spectrum of covered topics expand on geoinformatics and topics related to IT system.
It is planned to intensify research especially in the field of navigation data integration, attempt to develop the so-called "Intelligent Navigation Bridge." These works could be a solid grounds for the introduction of Intelligent Autonomous Surface Vehicle in the future.
Marine Technology operates at the headquarters and two branches. It has 3 modern research laboratory including an ESRI and CARIS software:
• Geoinformatics laboratory,
• Electronic Navigation Charts laboratory,
• Inland Mobil Navigation laboratory.
It is worth emphasizing a fact that Marine Technology possess its own complete production line for encoding cells for electronics navigation charts in both version: marine and inland. Marine Technology in 2013 have made first collection of inland electronic navigation charts in Poland that covered the entire area of pilot implementation of RIS. These charts have been implemented in RIS Center in Szczecin.

The main product of Marine Technology Ltd. is HydroDron.

Platform - HydroDron is characterized by mobility, i. e. it is possible to transport it in the mission area on a car trailer or on a larger surface unit - a base vessel and launch it from a trailer on the beach, shore, jetty, platform or from the base vessel. HydroDron can be used in areas which are inaccessible or difficult to reach for larger crew units, and which may be impossible or uneconomical to use. Such application is particularly important on inland waterways, including the Vistula and Odra, whose importance is one of the priorities of the European Union in the context of efforts to shift cargo from roads and motorways to waterways.

As part of the project, requirements for hull construction and type of drive were developed, and then an unmanned catamaran was made of light durable plastic, with a double hull system (4m long and 2m wide) and with a small immersion from 20cm in the bow part to 50cm in the stern part - the engine, equipped with two electric motors working independently of each other Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 RL of 4kW power each, which provide the appropriate speed and maneuverability.

The platform is equipped with 14 life batteries (3.2V each), placed in two independent battery panels. The battery is additionally charged with 2 photovoltaic panels. This energy ensures that the system operates for up to 12 hours with 710Wh of excess electricity.

HydroDron is characterized by a variety of variants implemented with the help of installation of a wide range of measuring equipment. Its members include, among others:

The navigation sensors are mounted on an automatically folding mast, which ensures safe transport of the unit and access to the measuring area.

The hydrographic head is mounted on a movable actuator enabling remote lifting and lowering of the head and the sound speed profile meter in the water is automatically lowered and lifted by means of a special anchor lift.

The vessel is also equipped with a system of sensors to monitor the situation on and around the platform, in order to increase situational awareness, including two video cameras (rotating and fixed) and a weather station. In addition to typical navigation data, video data, weather information, battery voltage level, mast and cylinder position of the hydrographic head are also recorded. This data is transmitted to the shore station.

The shore station consists of two consoles: a dedicated navigation console with an industrial computer installed in the transport box (and additionally a small shunting console for manoeuvring short distances, including mooring) and a hydrographic console with a Getac computer.

The main hydrographic software used on the platform is HYPACK MAX extended with the addition of HYSWEEP. Thanks to this software, the whole process of hydrographic measurements is ensured, from the planning of measurement works to the development of the final product. Additionally, together with the purchased 3DSS-DX-450 hydrographic equipment from Ping DSP, the manufacturer provided a number of software for data recording and operation of the echo probe. The applications of this software are: 3DSS-DX-Control, 3DSS-DX-Dsiplay, 3DSS-DX-Profile, 3DSS-DX-Converter, 3DSS-DX-Logger.

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