Last week saw the unveiling of the Mahi vessel at Antwerp’s Port Authority House.
Boat, at a port, big deal right? Wrong. It was a very big deal because this particular Mahi vessel is a specially engineered self-navigating drone boat, or for people in the know we should say ‘autonomous unmanned vessel’. But what does this all have to do with Datylon? Let me enlighten you on why we are proud partners of Project Mahi.
It’s fair to say that drone boats are not as widely talked about compared to their road and sky dwelling counterparts, but given that oceans make up more than 70% of our planet’s surface the opportunities they could provide are impressive.
After more than 3 years and many hours in the making, Mahi will embark on her maiden voyage in May 2019. This voyage will be the first trans-Atlantic journey made by an unmanned craft, where Mahi will navigate her own way across the vast stretch of ocean in approximately 80-100 days.
As well as the voyage itself being an impressive world first, this is not where the goals end for Project Mahi.
Running on combined solar and battery-power, Mahi is equipped with a bunch of data sensors and even two cameras that mean she can collect and communicate all the details of her journey. The success of the voyage and the data produced means the engineering team can further investigate and validate the many application possibilities available with automated vessels.
And that’s where Datylon comes in. Our partnership powers the capture and delivery of live online data visualizations on a range of atmospheric and oceanographic measures.
With very real concerns about the heating of our oceans through global warming, along with the growing issue that vast areas of plastic waste continue to accumulate with the currents, we believe that a vessel such as Mahi offers huge possibilities in the capturing, tracking and communicating of information in the effort being made to reverse these unwanted and dangerous trends.
More examples where the innovation of a vessel such as Mahi could help are within hard-to-access wind turbine farms or eco-sensitive areas that require regular periods of monitoring and data collection.
Obtaining fast and cost effective data on our oceans is surely beneficial in order to bring about change. With abundant opportunities and the potential to make a large impact Datylon is proud to backing initatives such as Project Mahi.
From data to change.