Maritime Unmanned Navigation through Intelligence in Networks

Prof. Dr. Carlos Jahn (Fraunhofer Institut CML Hamburg Harburg)
Prof. Dr. Ing. Karsten Wehner (Hochschule Wismar)
Prof. Dr. Ing. habil. Knud Benedict (HSW, ISSIMS: nautischen Teil)
B.Sc. Caspar Krüger

EU Projekt im 7. Rahmenprogramm im Call "E-guided vessels: the 'autonomous' ship"

09/2012 – 08/2015

Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services (CML)
Norwegian Marine Technology Resarch Institute (MARINTEK) / Norwegen
Chalmers University of Technology / Schweden aptomar AS / Norwegen
MarineSoft Entwicklungs- und Logistikgesellschaft mbH/ DE
Marorka ehf / Island
University College Cork / Irland


The project MUNIN – Maritime Unmanned Navigation through Intelligence in Networks – is a collaborative research project, co-funded by the European Commissions under its Seventh Framework Programme. MUNIN aims to develop and verify a concept for an autonomous ship, which is defined as a vessel primarily guided by automated on-board decision systems but controlled by a remote operator in a shore side control station.

 Maritime transport within the EU faces challenges such as significant increases in transport volumes, growing environmental requirements and a shortage of seafarers in the future. The concept of the autonomous ship brings along the potential to overcome these challenges. It allows for more efficient and competitive ship operation and increases in the environmental performance of vessels. Furthermore the shore based approach offers “seafaring” the possibility to become more socially sustainable by reducing the time seafarers spend away from their families.

 Within MUNIN a consortium of eight partners led by Fraunhofer CML with scientific and industrial background will reflect upon operational, technical and legal aspects in connection with the vision of an autonomous ship. Solutions for e.g. an autonomous bridge, an autonomous engine room, a shore side operation center and the communication architecture linking vessel and a shore operator will be developed and verified. Besides this long term goal of an autonomous ship MUNIN’s results will also provide efficiency, safety and sustainability advantages for existing vessels in short term. This includes e.g. environmental optimization, new maintenance and operational concepts as well as improved bridge applications.