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An Inland Shore Control Centre for Monitoring or Controlling Unmanned Inland Cargo Vessels

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KU Leuven, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Andreas Vesaliusstraat 13, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
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Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO), Egmontstraat 5, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8(10), 758; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8100758
Received: 13 August 2020 / Revised: 22 September 2020 / Accepted: 24 September 2020 / Published: 28 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Human-Automation Integration in the Maritime Sector)
Augmenting the automation level of the inland waterway cargo transport sector, coupled with mechatronic innovation in this sector, could increase its competitiveness. This increase might potentially induce a sustainable paradigm shift in the road-dominated inland cargo transport sector. A key enabler of this envisaged shift may be an inland shore control centre (I-SCC) capable of remotely monitoring and controlling inland vessels. Accordingly, this study investigated the concept and design requirements to achieve an inland I-SCC that provides interaction services when supervising an unmanned surface vessel (USV). This I-SCC can help its operator to develop situational awareness and sensemaking. The conducted experiments offered insights into the performance of both the I-SCC system and its operator, and unlock research on the impact on ship sense and harmony when remotely controlling a USV. The Hull-To-Hull project extends the current I-SCC by providing enhanced motion control. This enhancement enables further performance insights and might improve the future monitoring of USVs. The successful I-SCC construction, the preliminary experiments, and the design-extension demonstrate that the I-SCC can serve as an experimental platform for both mechatronic innovation and human-automation integration research in the inland waterway sector, whilst additionally providing fruitful knowledge for adjacent research domains. View Full-Text
Keywords: inland; shore control centre; SCC; USV; ASV; unmanned; autonomous; cargo; vessel inland; shore control centre; SCC; USV; ASV; unmanned; autonomous; cargo; vessel
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Peeters, G.; Yayla, G.; Catoor, T.; Van Baelen, S.; Afzal, M.R.; Christofakis, C.; Storms, S.; Boonen, R.; Slaets, P. An Inland Shore Control Centre for Monitoring or Controlling Unmanned Inland Cargo Vessels. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2020, 8, 758. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8100758

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Peeters G, Yayla G, Catoor T, Van Baelen S, Afzal MR, Christofakis C, Storms S, Boonen R, Slaets P. An Inland Shore Control Centre for Monitoring or Controlling Unmanned Inland Cargo Vessels. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 2020; 8(10):758. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8100758

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Peeters, Gerben, Gökay Yayla, Tim Catoor, Senne Van Baelen, Muhammad R. Afzal, Christos Christofakis, Stijn Storms, René Boonen, and Peter Slaets. 2020. "An Inland Shore Control Centre for Monitoring or Controlling Unmanned Inland Cargo Vessels" Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 8, no. 10: 758. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse8100758

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