Partnership Brings Autonomous Vessel Systems Program to Maine Maritime Academy

Under the program, MMA will provide instruction to cadets using MMA’s 41-ft Coast Guard cutter-class workboat R/V Quickwater, which is being outfitted now with Sea Machines’ SM300 autonomous control system, and a shoreside command station located on campus.

According to a statement, MMA students will command and control the autonomous vessel in the Castine Harbor and surrounding areas from the shoreside station. A primary focus of the program will be to demonstrate and document autonomous vessel technology’s ability to increase at-sea situational awareness, safety, energy efficiency, operational performance and the environmental impact thereof.