Project Manager: Brage Mo, SINTEF Ocean
Partners: SINTEF Ocean, SINTEF Digital, MacGregor, Kongsberg Seatex, Kongsberg Maritime, AQS, Lerow, Salmar and Cermaq
Duration: Q2 2019 – Q4 2019


The main aim of this project is to use simulations to demonstrate how service vessels under different weather conditions can carry out operations without coming into contact with fish farm installations, with the exception of intended applications and contact between installations and the vessel’s robot arm.

In the short-term, the project will contribute towards identifying those operations for which a vessel-mounted robot arm will be most beneficial. Instrumentation needs will be specified to enable robot arms to carry out tasks from service vessels and adapt themselves to the dynamic interactions between the vessels and the installations they are working with.

In the long-term, the project will contribute towards the use of simulations to provide theoretical demonstrations of how service vessels can be enabled to use robot arms for a variety of operations under different weather conditions.

There is considerable potential for innovations evolving from the integrated simulations that demonstrate the potential of using robot arms mounted on service vessels to ensure safer and more efficient operations, and for expanding their operational weather window.

The platform being developed from these simulations can later be used to generate physical models, prototypes and commercial systems.

A demonstration of the simulations will be carried out using animations that show the interaction between vessels, a robot arm, and floating objects used in the aquaculture sector.

Innovation potential:

  • Contact-free operations between vessels and net pens
  • Flexible operations with reduced risk of injury to personnel/damage to fish and installations
  • Expanded operational weather window

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