Marine Technology sp. z o.o.
Marine Technology sp. z o.o. is a non-profit organization with a research profile, and the main object of activity is conducting research and development in the field of technical sciences. The company cooperates with a wide group of experts in the field of navigation, hydrography, geoinformatics, geodesy and cartography, remote sensing, photogrammetry, computer science, and others.
The company, since its inception in 1998, undertakes a variety of research topics, with the use of modern technologies and focus on innovation being the common denominator of the issues undertaken.
An extremely important issue that makes the company stand out is the search for issues that have realistic chances for practical implementation. All projects are carried out following the PRINCE2 methodology.
The company has extensive experience, both scientific and practical, including the construction of geoinformatics systems and hydrographic measurements. The current research in the field of navigational infrastructure design on both sea and inland waters as well as many years of research in the field of electronic maps, including those acquired during the development of the collection of electronic map cells for the River Information System (RIS), are worth emphasizing.
In 2015, a consortium under the direction of Marine Technology developed the Functional and Utility Program (PFU) for the Full Implementation of the Border RIS and the Lower Odra River on behalf of the Inland Navigation Office in Szczecin.
Marine Technology from November 1, 2019, begins the implementation of the 3-year project "System of autonomous navigation and automatic 3D hydrography of an unmanned floating platform" POIR.01.01.01-00-0899 / 18.
Marine Technology from 01/11/2016 to 31/10/2019 implements a 3-year project "Development of an autonomous/remote-controlled floating platform dedicated to hydrographic measurements in restricted waters" NCBiR POIR.01.02.00-00-0074 / 16 as part of SG OP 2014-2020 measure 1.2, under which an innovative hydrographic measuring platform is being built, equipped with, among others, a multi-beam sonar, 3D sonar, and LiDAR.
It is worth emphasizing the implementation in the years 2013-2016 at Marine Technology of the project under the LIDER program "Mobile Inland Navigation", NCBiR, LIDER / 039/693 / L-4/12 / NCBR / 2013.
From March 1, 2018, another 3-year project is being implemented at Marine Technology as part of the LIDER program "The system of automatic recognition and identification of vessels on water bodies covered by video monitoring" NCBIR LIDER 0098 / L-8/2016.
In 2015, MT carried out an audit and PFU as part of the construction of the system project 'Regional Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship', in 2016 the project of the Smart Buoy system (SMB) as part of the EfficienSea 2 project financed in the H2020 program and in 2018 'Development of operational recommendations and operating parameters R-mode ground-based radio navigation system using the DGPS and AIS "land infrastructure for the Maritime Office in Gdynia.
In 2018, commissioned by the WWF foundation, tests were carried out using our own 3D sonar, aimed at checking the effectiveness of detection of lost fishing gear ("DFG") by acoustic methods in Baltic waters as part of the international initiative to search and fish DFG from the Baltic bottom called "Project Marelitt Baltic ".
All the work undertaken by the company is characterized by high innovation and a focus on implementation. These are studies carried out in response to specific expectations of the contracting authority, and usually, they result in ready-to-implement methods/algorithms or even pilot implementation. Focus on modern technologies has resulted in an increasing share of innovative methods and techniques in the company's development of navigational and hydrographic issues, including artificial intelligence methods (especially artificial neural networks).
Marine Technology sp. Z o.o. operates in its own three premises: at the headquarters in Gdynia and the branch in Gdynia and the branch in Szczecin. It has 5 modern research laboratories equipped with, among others
HYPACK, ESRI and CARIS software:
• Laboratory of Geoinformatics and Hydrography;
• Electronic Navigation Maps Laboratory;
• Laboratory of Mobile Inland Navigation;
• Laboratory of Identification and Recognition Systems;
• Floating Hydrographic and Remote Sensing Laboratory.
It is worth noting that Marine Technology has its complete production line for coding electronic navigational map cells in both maritime and inland versions.
The significant achievements of Marine Technology include:
• Electronic navigational charts for inland navigation. In 2013, Marine Technology made a collection of the first inland electronic navigational charts in Poland covering the entire implementation area of the Lower Oder RIS system. These maps were implemented in the Lower Oder RIS Center. The made electronic maps comply with the Inland ECDIS standard and meet the highest accuracy standards, both in bathymetry and in topography. The maps cover the aquarium of the pilot region of the implementation of the River Odra River Information System (RIS).
• Prototype three-dimensional and dynamically variable electronic navigational charts. These maps contain not only high quality bathymetric and sonar information but also topographic information from LiDAR.
• Precise electronic port maps. Marine Technology contractors made the first precise port cell in Poland with the highest mapping accuracy.
The flagship product of Marine Technology is HydroDron - an autonomous/remote-controlled floating platform dedicated to hydrographic measurements in restricted waters. HydroDron is characterized by mobility, i.e. it can be transported to the mission area on a car trailer or a larger surface unit - a base ship and launch from a trailer from the beach, shore, wharf, bridge or from the base ship.
HydroDron can work on inaccessible or hard to reach water areas for larger crew units, the use of which may be impossible or unprofitable. This application is particularly important on inland waterways, including the Vistula and Oder, whose importance given the desire to transfer loads from roads and highways to waterways is one of the European Union's priorities.
HydroDron is an unmanned catamaran made of lightweight durable material, with a double-hull system (4m long and 2m wide) and with a slight draft from 20cm in the forepart to 50cm in the aft part - engine, equipped with two electric motors operating independently of each other Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 RL with a power of 4kW each, which ensure adequate speed and maneuverability including a maximum speed of over 10 knots.
The unit is equipped with 16 LiFePo4 batteries with a voltage of 3.2V each, located in two independent battery panels. The battery is additionally charged with 2 photovoltaic panels. The energy reserve ensures system operation for up to 12 hours at a measuring speed of 4 knots.
HydroDron is characterized by multi-variability implemented with the installation of a wide spectrum of measuring equipment. It includes, among others:
Integrated 3DSS-DX-450 bathymetric and sonar system from Ping DSP (https://www.pingdsp.com/3DSS-DX-450)
Getac S410 Data Acquisition Computer (http://en.getac.com/notebooks/s410/features.html)
SBG's external inertial navigation system Ekinox2-D (https://www.sbg-systems.com/products/ekinox-d-dual-antenna-gps-inertial-system)
AML Micro X Profilometer and Water Speedometer (SVP and SVS) (https://amloceanographic.com/product/micro-x/#sound-velocity)
Single-beam HydroBox HD dual-frequency echosounder from Syqwest (https://www.syqwestinc.com/products/hydrographic-echo-sounders/hydrobox)
High-frequency single-beam echosounder Echologger EU400 (http://www.echologger.com/products/6)
LiDAR PUCK VLP-16 from Velodyne (http://velodynelidar.com/vlp-16.html)
Smartmicro UMRR 0C Type 42 Radar (http://www.smartmicro.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Documents/TrafficRadar/UMRR_Traffic_Sensor_Type_42_Data_Sheet.pdf)
Trimble R10 GNSS System receiver https://www.trimble.com/Survey/Trimble-R10.aspx?tab=GNSS_System_Comparison)
Navigation sensors are mounted on the automatically folding antenna gate, which ensures the safety of transporting the unit and reaching the measuring area.
The hydrographic head is mounted on a movable cylinder enabling remote raising and lowering of the head and the sound speed profile in the water is automatically lowered and raised using a special remote-controlled windlass.
The unit is also equipped with a sensor system to monitor the situation on and around the platform to increase situational awareness including two video cameras (rotary and stationary) and a weather station. In addition to typically navigational data, video data, weather information, battery voltage, mast position, and hydrographic head actuator, etc. are recorded. This data is transmitted to the shore station.
The shore station consists of two consoles: a dedicated navigation console with an industrial computer built into the transport box (and an additional small maneuvering console for close-range maneuvering, 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 the work in this software, the entire hydrographic measurement process is guaranteed, from the planning of measurement work to the development of the final product. Also, together with the purchased 3DSS-DX-450 hydrographic equipment from Ping DSP, the manufacturer provided several data recording and sonar software. The applications of this software are 3DSS-DX-Control, 3DSS-DX-Display, 3DSS-DX-Profile, 3DSS-DX-Converter, 3DSS-DX-Logger.
The Marine Technology company offers you research and development in the field of broadly understood hydrography and geoinformatics. We also make project documentation, including Feasibility Studies, Functional and Utilities Programs, Navigation Analysis.
In the field of hydrography, we offer:
Development of electronic navigation map cells for inland navigation in Caris S-57 Composer software,
Performance of bathymetric and sonar measurements (we have the professional qualifications of a hydrographer, category A.)
We process the collected data in Caris and Hypack software, we deal with:
- implementation of bathymetric water body plans,
- detailed analysis of the collected data,
- interpretation of sonar images and creation of mosaics,
- making the necessary documentation,
- making numerical models of the bottom.
In the field of geoinformatics, we offer:
Implementation of NMT, NMPT models,
Orthophoto map verifications.
We use ArcGIS software to process the data.
Our company also offers:
Analyzes, including Navigational Analyzes,
Functional and utility programs.
We offer solutions at the highest expert and innovative level.