VOLVO PENTA REVEALS ADVANCED SELF-DOCKING SOLUTION


Barry 2018-06-21

The Gothenburg, Sweden, stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race was the scene for the unveiling of Volvo Penta’s new self-docking system. In a live demonstration, a 68 ft yacht fitted with the technology manoeuvered itself into the tightest of spaces between two of the Volvo Ocean Race 65 racing yachts. 

The unveiling of the self-docking yacht technology is the latest in Volvo Penta’s ongoing ‘Easy Boating’ philosophy to make boating simple, enjoyable and accessible to more people.

The new docking system utlises Volvo Penta IPS system, coupled with sensors and advanced navigation processing power. Just as the system is designed to get the boat into the dock easily and safely, it can also enable it to securely take-off from the dock in an automated fashion.

Prototypes of Volvo Penta’s self-docking technology are currently undergoing development trials. The automated docking capability comes due to the onboard electronic vessel control system (EVC), which computes steering and drive calculations in relation to the boat’s actual position and four sensors sited on the intended berth.

 When docking IPS sensors and onboard computers react in milliseconds to changing wind and sea conditions, constantly making micro adjustments in power and steering angle of the IPS drive to keep the boat on its intended course into a safe berth. If necessary, the docking process can be paused, and the system will hold the boat stationary in the water. Even in changing sea conditions it can make the sea appear to stand still.

Another feature of the forthcoming system is that it will be available not only for

the latest IPS equipped boats – a retrofit version of the function is also planned.

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