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The CART project proposes a new concept for salvage operations of distressed ships at sea.
In particular, the proposal focuses on the high risk operation of linking the emergency towing system of distressed ships to towing vessels.
The proposed concept, based on the development of cooperative robotic technologies able to (semi-)automatically execute the manoeuvre of recovering the towing system, will be able to optimise the operations for safeguarding the environment, typically preventing oil pollution at sea, while minimising the risk for human life.
Existing technologies for linking a towing device of a distressed vessel to a tugboat usually involve quite complex operations and high risks for human life with corresponding high values of insurance costs. Conventional systems, such as line-throwing gun, pick-up buoy or tugboat-towed messenger stream, are based on a messenger (bullet or pick-up buoy) connected to a live-line, linked, in its turn, through a towing chain or rope to the distressed ship. This requires the towing vessel to approach the distressed ship at relatively short range, which can be very dangerous in the case of rough sea conditions. These problems can be solved by using cooperative (autonomous) robotic towing systems for the recovery of the live-line. Indeed, the introduction of the new CART concept, involving the use of an autonomous robotic semi-submersible vehicle for the recovery of the live-line.

The research leading to these results has funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA - Research Executive Angecy http://ec.europa.eu/research/rea ([FP7/2007-2011]) under grant agreement n.285878"

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