Maritime traffic in the Arctic region is rapidly increasing. But there has been a huge increase in marine casualties in this region due to its extremely harsh environment and the severe safety challenges for ships’ navigation teams.

SEDNA will develop an innovative and integrated risk-based approach to safe Arctic navigation, ship design and operation, to enable European maritime interests to confidently fully embrace the Arctic’s significant and growing shipping opportunities, while safeguarding its natural environment.

One of SEDNA’s key focuses is on creating a so-called safe Arctic bridge for ice-going ships. Dr Lohrmann said this is because the command centre, or bridge, on current ships is often not specifically designed to deal with the ice and harsh climate of the Arctic in terms of the navigation equipment and technologies they contain.

As part of this, the team is developing augmented-reality technology that could provide the ship’s navigators with relevant information in more intuitive and novel ways. Examples include overlaying the real world with information on ice, or providing virtual X-ray vision to allow the crew to see through obstacles.

SEDNA is a Research and Innovation Action funded by the EU under HORIZON 2020-EU.3.4. The project coordinated by BMT Group Ltd started in June 2017 and will end in May 2020.