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The PICASSO project carries out a pilot test to improve port security using 3D sonar technology in an unmanned vessel


As part of the European project "PICASSO - Preventing Incidents and Accidents for Safer Ships in the Oceans", headed up by SASEMAR with Fundación Valenciaport as a project partner, a pilot test involving an unmanned vessel was carried out on 12th February. The boat was installed with 3-D sonar capable of mapping the seabed in real time.

This pilot test, coordinated by Fundación Valenciaport, was carried out at the SAGGAS facilities in the Port of Sagunto, with the participation of tech companies UTEK and ATEINCO.

The test consisted in real-time monitoring and scanning of the seabed near the SAGGAS dock. It was made possible thanks to the technological consultancy and 3D sonar equipment from the firm ATEINCO, which in turn was installed on a remote-controlled vessel developed by the company UTEK. The unmanned vessel first scanned the seabed to get a clean image, against which comparisons could later be made using test objects. These objects, representing suspicious items, were subsequently anchored at different depths, and a second scan was performed in order to detect and identify them. Thanks to this combination of technologies, it was shown that autonomous vessels can play a key role in many port-maritime activities, most notably those related to surveillance and security, offering a very high level of reliability and operability.

This pilot test corresponds to one of the eight technologies targeted at maritime safety and protection that have been developed and demonstrated as part of the PICASSO project.

The aim of the Picasso project is to improve the efficiency and sustainability of maritime transport by means of new technologies, facilitating their adoption by workers involved in port-maritime operations. This action, co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility programme, aims to provide notable benefits both in terms of testing effective ICT solutions and studying the human factor.

Picasso activities have been structured into three blocks covering the development and implementation of eight technologies dedicated to improving safety in their respective areas: On-shore and on-board safety; Emergency drills; and Training and the human factor.