Special Issue "Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Ocean Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2023 | Viewed by 325

Special Issue Editors

Centre for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering (CENTEC), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: autonomous ships; guidance navigation and control; nonlinear control; ship manoeuvering model; system identification method; full-scale trials and model tests
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Centre for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering (CENTEC), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001, Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: autonomous vehicles; guidance, navigation and control; ship dynamics; artificial intelligence in maritime applications
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School of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
Interests: marine robotics; modeling, sensing, navigation, guidance, control and coordination of ships and marine vehicles; autonomous surface vehicle; autonomous underwater vehicle; intelligent marine systems
Centre for Marine Technology and Ocean Engineering (CENTEC), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portuga
Interests: ship dynamics; weather forecast; onboard monitoring systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the increasingly strict environmental and safety regulations becoming and issues of crew safety, the maritime industry is being confronted with a range of pressing challenges. Given this, the use of autonomous ships provides potential solutions to respond to challenges, such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, fuel savings and safety. The development towards marine autonomy technology will significantly improve the situation and is expected to become a cost-efficient alternative to conventional ships. Currently, automated shipping technology is rapidly transitioning from theoretical to practical applications as the number and scope of autonomous ship prototypes increase around the globe. They are widely used in both navy and commercial applications, such as ocean observer, coast patrol, underwater monitoring and underwater production system operation, to name just a few.

The main goal of this Special Issue is to address the key challenges, thereby promoting research on maritime autonomous ships. The topics of interest in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Intelligent and autonomous ships;
  • Autonomous maritime operations;
  • Maritime control systems and applications;
  • Automatic berthing and unberthing;
  • Automated onboard systems;
  • Shore control centre;
  • Remote operations;
  • Multi-objective optimization design;
  • Automatic identification system (AIS);
  • Situational awareness;
  • Decision making and logic;
  • Sea trials and ship model tests;
  • Data acquisition systems and multi-sensor data fusion;
  • Safety and risk assessment for autonomous ships and respective regulations;
  • Machine learning methods and their application in maritime autonomous ships.

Dr. Haitong Xu
Dr. Lúcia Moreira
Prof. Dr. Xianbo Xiang
Prof. Dr. Carlos Guedes Soares
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • intelligent and autonomous ships
  • ship dynamics
  • guidance, navigation and control systems
  • seakeeping model
  • machine learning methods
  • safety and risk
  • ship model tests
  • captive model test
  • automatic collision avoidance
  • path planning
  • automated onboard systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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