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Want to be a Pilot? (Or part of a Pilot?)

The NMLEA is working with Hefring Marine, the next STAR Product with its Intelligent Marine Assistance System (IMAS), as it tackles two of the largest cost and risk drivers of fleet operations: accidents and fuel consumption. The solution is an on board Artificial Intelligence (AI) that saves fuel, reduces carbon emissions and improves safety with real time sea navigation that continuously improves as the AI learns. "These are critical elements of operations within the United State's port security, maritime public safety, emergency response community," said Mark DuPont, the NMLEA's Executive Director. "And as this software system is being piloted through the STAR program in key areas of the United States, its value to agencies, departments and marine units is showing how it is paying for itself instantly."

Currently, four pilot agencies are engaged in the process to deploy and implement this system on their vessels, and we're looking to fill the final spot! Would you like to be part of the program and pilot this software on a number of your vessels? If you would like to be the agency, department or organization chosen to fill the last spot on the pilot program roll-out, click here and fill out this quick survey.

As a manager or supervisor within a maritime agency or division, how important is the safe and efficient operation of your boats? How important would the ability to provide adaptive speed guidance for safety and fuel efficiency be to your operators? What if sensors on a vessel could accurately monitor impacts and vibrations as the vessel moved through the water — displaying real-time alerts to the operator (and on shore to the supervisor) when impact thresholds are exceeded? What if using collected, calculated and forecast data, a weather-adaptive route guidance system finds the optimized route to follow on your operator's next SAR case or LE mission, in order to ensure that the trip is safe and fuel efficient? And what if you, as a manager, can monitor status and location of all vessels when operating and when idle, including engine hours, fuel rate, battery voltage, water depth, oil temperatures and pressure — and extend the lifecycle of that platform? You can help test, shape and implement this software tool all across the country, by being a critical part of this Pilot Program.

To fill out a questionnaire, to see if you can qualify to be a part of the program, click here.

The Hefring Marine smart navigation system is in use by many organizations and operators of vessels that engage in high-speed operations in many parts of the world, including Icelandic Search and Rescue, the Canadian Pacific Pilotage Authority, the Norwegian Sea Rescue Society, the Swedish Sea Rescue Society and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. Boat builders all around the world are also including the IMAS software, including names like Viking Norsafe in Norway, PFG Group in Australia, Bernhard Schulte in Germany and SAFE Boats in the U.S.

To watch the whole interview with Hefring Marine's CEO, and a demonstration of the IMAS software, check out the webinars "AI for Your Boat(s): Part 1 and 2" by clicking here.

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