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.
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
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
ARIADNA project website