AI based Maritime Autonomy & Navigational specialist, Robosys Automation, has partnered with Lynx Power Catamarans to deliver a fully autonomous multi-role vessel.
The Lynx Multi-Role Vessel (MRV) has been designed for specialist maritime duties including surveillance and patrolling, and will be paired with Robosys’ Voyager AI solution.
The Lynx Power Catamaran is an 11 meter aluminium twin-hulled multi-Role vessel which offers a swift and stable platform for waterborne surveillance, ambulatory operations, and patrolling duties.
Designed to service the African port infrastructure network, the vessel is particularly suited to defence, coastguard, firefighting, search and rescue (SAR), and fisheries sectors. It operates comfortably up to Seastate 3, with a running speed of 30-35 knots. The Lynx is also specifically designed to be easily transportable by air, road, and sea.
Robosys’ Voyager AI Vessel solution can enable the Lynx to run as crewed, lean crewed, optionally unmanned and fully unmanned at the switch of a button, and delivers efficient and reasoned autonomous operations from a remote operations center (ROC) or ground control station (GCS), either ashore or afloat from a mothership.
This technology is a full stack autonomy solution that is complemented by artificial intelligence combined with decision-aids enabling fully autonomous unmanned surface vessels (USVs) from 3-340 meters.
New and improved collision avoidance algorithms have been devised through simulation software combined with real-time challenges. Multi-vessel avoidance maneuver scenarios have been tested and enhanced, with Voyager AI featuring improved Explainable collision regulations’ (COLREGs) compliance.
In addition, the Loss of Communications (LoC) function is a licensable feature of Voyager AI, enabling mission continuity in the event of a breakdown in communications.
An integrated Remote & Autonomous Platform Alarm, Monitoring & Control System (AMCS) tailored by Robosys to provide full support for USVs has also been added.
Nigel Lee, CSO of Robosys Automation comments, “In addition to the unsurpassed capabilities of Voyager AI Vessel, it is also unique in its abilities to be retrofitted to almost any vessel or workboat. This enables increased cost-effective, safer, and environmentally focused outcomes for those who wish to continue using their existing craft, but now with the added benefits of crewed, lean-crewed, optionally uncrewed and uncrewed options, dependent on the specific challenge.”