Amsterdam - The port of Amsterdam has launched the Telemetron project. Telemetron is a sailing drone that inspects the depth of marginal ships at the locks of IJmuiden and shows that drones can do more than just fly.
The aim of this pilot, a collaboration between Port of Amsterdam, the Dutch Customs Office, Seabed and Maritime Robotics, is to gain experience in new technologies in nautical processes. The pilot has been set up with a view to gaining more information and experience regarding sailing drone technology.
This development together with autonomously sailing vessels will have a great impact on future nautical processes. The experiment this week (8 to 13 July) takes the first steps in examining the impact, the potential of the technology for Port of Amsterdam and the steps Port of Amsterdam has to take to prepare for a more structural deployment in the future.
The pilot has been set up in collaboration with Seabed. This system integrator from Amsterdam has brought over the Telemetron of Maritime Robotics in Norway to the Netherlands for the test week. The Telemetron is the research vessel of Maritime Robotics on which they test their hardware and software. Seabed provides the measurement equipment on board the Telemetron. The Dutch Customs Office is also taking part in this pilot, which wants to scan the hulls of vessels entering the ports.