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Naval Group’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) has recently launched three R&D projects to support the safety and security capabilities of the maritime industry in Singapore. The CoE has been charged with creating a chat-bot to help a crew operate a vessel safely and implement an Internet-of-Things sensor network on-board for dedicated crew health-monitoring.

There are also plans for the development of a software simulator environment to train, validate and examine the joint interactions of disparate sensors and navigation/collision avoidance algorithms, all of which would bring autonomous ships closer to reality. To support these three-year projects, the CoE is plans to hire individuals proficient in technologies that straddle artificial intelligence, data analytics, and software engineering.

Via its geographical presence, the CoE also aims to reinforce Naval Group’s cooperation with the local industry and academia by co-developing innovative technologies for the maritime sector, the company writes.

Naval Group News from Argentina

Naval Group has also reported that the third of four Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) ordered by the Argentine Navy, OPV 87 A.R.A. STORNI, was delivered on 13 October in the presence of Captain Santiago Villemur, the representative of the Argentine Navy in France. He subsequently handed over command of the ship to Commander Óscar Latorre.

This delivery was carried out by teams from Naval Group and Kership, a joint-venture between Piriou and Naval Group. It is part of the contract signed by Naval Group with Argentina in 2019 for the delivery of four multi-mission patrol vessels. A.R.A. BOUCHARD (former L’ADROIT) was delivered in December 2020 and A.R.A PIEDRABUENA on 13 April this year.

With the delivery of A.R.A. STORNI, the programme keeps progressing as scheduled to conclude with the delivery of the last vessel scheduled for April 2022. A 44-people crew from the Argentine Navy has been trained in the operation and maintenance of the vessel.