Mazen Salous, Heiko Müller, Andre Bolles and Axel Hahn
16th Marine Traffic Engineering Conference and International Symposium Information on Ships
The e-navigation strategy of the IMO aims at increasing the safety of maritime traffic by
increasing the cooperation between several maritime stakeholders. The COSINUS project
contributes to such a strategy by enabling an automated data exchange (observations, routes and
maneuver plans) between ship-side and shore-side navigational systems, developing useful sensor
fusion applications upon the new information available from data exchange and introducing new
Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) to support the users of navigation systems.
The project shows potentials for improvement in maritime traffic safety by ensuring continuous
awareness to all participants involved through sensor fusion applications, i.e. by providing all
participants (mobile and stationary navigation systems) with a complete view at all times. These
applications include detection of critical situations like radar shadowing areas, early and accurate
prediction of potential collisions or closest point of approach (CPA) based on the exchanged routes
and improving the accuracy of radars by ensuring high quality data for obstructed or far away ones.
The new HMI concepts introduced within the COSINUS project aim at highlighting critical maritime
traffic situations. Thus, the users of such navigation systems supported with COSINUS facilities can
easily detect such critical situations and react efficiently to avoid collisions, possible crowded areas
and inefficient routes.
10 / 2015
Cooperative Shipping and Navigation on Sea