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Maritime Volumetric Navigation System (ARIADNA) 

Development of Volumetric Navigation System for maritime and inland navigation applications to support the navigation in dense traffic environments like ports, rivers, locks, and channels. 

Brief Description
The objective of the project ARIADNA is to design and build-up a new series of navigation support systems to allow optimisation of the maritime infrastructures, the navigation on dense traffic in ports and access areas, rivers, channels, lock access areas, and traffic separation areas as well leading to efficient (in terms of capability and economic terms) and environmentally-friendly operations.

ARIADNA based products can be also useful to avoid human error in navigation, provide warning and manoeuvring support for collision avoidance, and provide risk and warning assessment to vessel and navigation control systems in channels, port access areas, narrow inland waterways and congested areas.

Ship information is already transmitted by AIS (Automatic Identification System), VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) and communication systems depending on the ship or vessel size, and equipment.

The manoeuvring constraints by vessels are considered within ARIADNA and each vessel transmits the information on his manoeuvring capabilities in such a way that the other ships in the area can manoeuvre with precise knowledge of the position of the other ships.

ARIADNA is based on the implementation of the Volumetric Navigation System (VNS) concept. In general, 3D volume dimensions are used to define the position and attitude of an associated volumetric safety envelope in time. In the maritime and inland navigation the “volume” of the ship is the envelope of the ship after a given time. Horizontal dimensions of this ship’s envelope will consider its current speed, the load, and correction for the drift due to local measured wind and mapped currents.

The display may overlap the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) screen. VNS is a human error avoiding tool for collision avoidance, manoeuvring and navigation in low separation traffic lines and channels, crossings, port traffic, congested shallow waters.

Volumetric safety envelope


Project Partners
    Ingeniería de Sistemas para la Defensa de España, Spain (lead)
    Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Spain
    TeleConsult Austria GmbH, Austria
    via donau – Österreichische Wasserstraßen-Gesellschaft mbH, Austria
    CONSAR – Italian Shipowners Research Consortium, Italy
    Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
    True Heading AB, Sweden
    HSVA Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt GmbH, Germany
    Grupo Mecánica del Vuelo Sistemas S.A., Spain
    Consultores Investigación Tecnológica S.L., Spain

    European Community, under FP7 of the European Union

    Successfully completed in 2013

Further Information
    ARIADNA project website