The complexity of integrated systems and software is giving rise to new operating challenges – namely, the need to ensure that sophisticated control systems work properly before being taken into use in real operations. This brings about a need for thorough simulation-based testing to ensure well-functioning systems. The systems’ increasing automation and complexity mean that testing should be fast and reliable, with increased focus on the software.
SEAOPS (Safe Energy-efficient Autonomous Operation of Ships), a project supported by the Research Council of Norway, was established by Brunvoll, in cooperation with DNV, SINTEF, NTNU and Holmeset. It aims to develop and demonstrate safe and energy optimal line-vessel navigation to ensure efficient operation and less loss of catch during fishing.