Networked systems for situational awareness and intervention in maritime incidents

NETMAR Brochure


2007-2013 Atlantic Area Programme. ERDF, Interreg Atlantic Area. Priority 2

Project Description

NETMAR is a Remotely Operated Vehicle research in cooperation with Irish Naval Service and University of Limerick Marine Robotics experts.

The project concerns the demonstration, evaluation and dissemination of new robotic systems, sensors and networking technologies in maritime incidents endangering human life, the environment and economic activities. Air and sea going robotic vehicles provide new capabilities to operate in dull, dirty and dangerous environments.

Networking technologies enable the orchestration of existing assets and new robotic systems and sensors for enhanced situational awareness and intervention. New command, control and visualization tools provide new capabilities for the coordination of existing assets, robotic systems, sensors and human operators over inter-operated networks.

These tools contribute to environmental assessments with unprecedented resolution and sensing diversity, provide reality checks for events generated in social networks and motivate constructive forms of public participation. The project is organized around demonstrations led by the operational partners for 3 types of maritime incidents: harbor in the proximity of a metropolitan area, estuary and open sea. Universities and R&D institutions will demonstrate new tools and technologies and evaluation methodologies. Planning and return on experience workshops will contribute to transition tools and technologies to operational practice and to companies, local, regional, national and EU authorities; technological and business challenges will be presented to EU networks of Excellence and funding agencies.

The benefit of the added value of transnational cooperation stems from the type of problems addressed in this project: maritime incidents and environmental impact. These may affect the whole Atlantic Area, as inferred from previous accidents, and require coordinated efforts and planning. This can only be achieved through international cooperation as proposed in this project.

The total NETMAR budget yields 2,809,707.16 €.

Project period: 01/06/2012 - 01/06/2014, duration 2 years.


1. Unmanned vehicle systems for dirty, dull and dangerous operations.
2. Simultaneous air/surface/underwater observations with adaptive spatial resolution.
3. Networking systems, networking people, networking institutions.


1. FEUP, Faculty of Engineering, Porto University (Lead partner), Portugal
2. APDL, Administração dos Portos do Douro e Leixões, SA Portugal
3. FUAC, Fundación Úniversidade da Coruña, Spain
4. PG, Portos de Galicia, Spain
5. TECNALIA, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Spain
6. ENSTA, Bretagne - Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées, France
7. UL, University of Limerick, Ireland
8. NMCI, National Maritime College of Ireland, Irenand
9. UKSpill, UK Spill Association, UK

Associated Partners
- CINAV, Portuguese Navy, Portugal
- Portuguese Air Force, Portugal
- Portuguese Ports Association, Protugal
- Shannon-Foynes Port Company, Lda, Ireland
- University of Southampton,UK
- UK Maritime Coastguard Agency

Halpin Centre Participation

The Halpin Centre, Maritime Safety and Security, as part of the Cork Institute of Technology collaborates in WP4, WP5 and WP7.

In NETMAR the Halpin Centre,

- Is the maritime training specialists in Ireland (NMCI has a extensive suite of simulators which can be deployed in scenario development, enhancement and verification).

- Has knowledge and expertise to assist with the scenario development.

- Will be involved in demonstration excersises.


1. Operational Reviews of case studies developed in advance of WP4, WP5, WP6.
2. Use simulation tools to carry out pre-evaluation and post evaluation of scenario exercises.
3. Use "in-house" expertise to assist with scenario development.
WP4. Emergent Technologies and Systems For Maritime Incidents

NMCI with other partners will review the operational case studies and use of simulation tools to pre-validate and access scenarios.

WP5. Demonstration of an Estuarine Incident

NMCI with SFPC will carry out an exercise in the Shannon Estuary and will involve the Irish Naval Service and the Irish Coastguard.

WP7. Demonstration of an at Sea Incident

NMCI will use the simulation technology to assist with the planning for the sea operation exercise. Shannon Estuary Incident Response