SailPlan Intelligent Navigation for Large Ships

  • December 21, 2020
  • William Payne

Virginia based SailPlan is developing an intelligent navigation platform to make cargo ship navigation safer and more efficient.

Drawing on data around vessel traffic, weather, geographic awareness, and more, SailPlan offers operators unparalleled situational awareness that improves safety and efficiency. SailPlan’s routing engine alerts ship navigators to potential collision risks hours, or even days, in advance.

SailPlan is designed to provide navigators the ability to avoid congested waters, separate from potential collision scenarios, and reduce operating expenses to a greater degree than possible with current market solutions.

The platform integrates engine monitoring into its situational awareness picture, enabling shoreside personnel to view and validate ship health and operational constraints. SailPlan provides a complete view of a ship in real-time to shore-side personnel to assist more effectively in emergencies.

SailPlan’s requires no external sensors to provide enhanced navigational capabilities. For increased visibility, SailPlan allows operators to integrate a wide range of external sensors through a standard interface.

SailPlan provides a platform designed to provide: an open maritime navigation system that can work as a decision aid, simulator, and fully-autonomous navigation; the ability for business to write their own rule sets; extensive configuration; integration with a wide range of external sensors, including camera, radar, lidar, electro-optical, and wind; human and machine-readable interfaces; Application Programming Interface (APIs) endpoints to customise software.

SailPlan founder Jacob Ruytenbeek said: “Growing up on the water as the son of a marine electrician, I learned a lot about the dangers ships faced in navigating congested waterways. Countless stories of ship collisions fill the news every week. SailPlan solves this problem by giving navigators information about the present and future state of traffic along their routes, allowing navigators to proactively optimise routing to avoid likely collision scenarios before they materialise. The result is safer navigation with reduced collision risk and more efficient operations.”

“Seafaring is the world’s most dangerous occupation. The last major advancement in maritime navigation was the Automatic Identification System (AIS) in the 1990s. Advances in computer processing, storage, and satellite communications at sea mean that we are no longer limited to guessing what actions other vessels will take. That’s why I launched SailPlan, which will enable ship navigators to see beyond the horizon to avoid collision scenarios before they’re even a threat. I want to save lives. And that’s what shapes our mission of ZERO: Zero lives lost. Zero ships lost,” said Ruytenbeek.