ATOMOS-IV - Advanced Technology to Optimize Maritime Operational Safety - Intelligent Vessel

Project Details


The primary objective of the ATOMOS IV project is to bring the benefits of advanced computer and control technology to the European Fleet in the fastest and most cost-effective manner possible. Since the Fleet is not being actively renewed introduction through new building is slow. However, whilst most ship equipment has a long operational life, control systems based on computers become outdated within a few years of installation. If a reliable process for replacing this technology with new systems is made available the effectiveness and safety of a vessel could be enhanced several times during its operational life.

The development of a methodology for retrofit of the European Fleet is the primary goal of ATOMOS IV. Achieving retrofit of modern control systems to existing ships will provide the following benefits:
Improved safety of operation;
Introduction of more human-centred and usable systems;
Access to information;
Faster and more reliable operation.

In addition, through a full-scale demonstration retrofit and sea trials, the project will apply and validate processes and tools related to the successful implementation of control system retrofit:

Human-centred development process for ship control centres and interfaces;
Risk-based development applying safety assessment techniques;
Principles-based assessment for programmable systems;
Preparatory and refresher training using computer-based training tools.
Effective start/end date31/12/200231/12/2002


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