Porto, May 28th and 29th 2015
This exercise is NOT an actual real event, this is a large-scale demonstration which has been created to simulate a real-to-life disaster. The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate networked vehicle systems in maritime incident response scenarios.
A ship is reported to have sunk North of Porto. The search area Oparea A has been identified and an oil spill has been spotted close to shore a few kms South (Oparea B).
A command center is established at Porto de Leixões to coordinate the actions of two teams (A and B) and to interface with external entities.
Team A boards a vessel equipped with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and drifters, used to measure surface currents. The vessel is dispatched to Oparea A. Team B is dispatched to Oparea B with a van equipped with Unmanned Air Vehicles. A dedicated radar system specially designed to spot oil spills is activated at Porto de Leixões.
APDL – coordinator and operational support
FEUP – command and control framework, autonomous underwater and air vehicles, drifters, communications
ULimerick – Remotely Operated Vehicles; tele-presence
FUAC – social networks and media
Tecnalia – situation awareness
ENSTA – radars and characterization of oil spills
Portuguese Navy – operational support and evaluation
Submersus – local diving center
Command and control
The command and control framework is targeted at providing situational awareness and at disseminating relevant information to the Internet for third parties involved in the exercise. In this case interfaces to NIPIM@R and to the Tecnalia Situational Awareness Center are provided.
ROV from Limerick
Portuguese Navy Patrol Ship
APDL Tow Ship
Two days are considered for this demonstration to account for changing weather and ocean conditions. The first day is a practice day. The second day is reserved for the demonstration. The first day may suffice for the purpose of demonstrating the technologies.
May 28th and 29th
||Command center activated
||Teams A and B as dispatched to Opareas A and B
||Popcorn is deployed to simulate oil spill || ENSTA Radar is turned on to identify oil spill
||Team A starts searching Oparea A for the shipwreck with two autonomous underwater vehicles equipped with side-scan sonars
Team A deploys several drifters to characterize surface currents
Team B installs the setup for the operation of unmanned air vehicles close to Oparea B.
||Team A deploys autonomous underwater vehicles to identify side-scan contacts. Team B flies UAVs over Oparea B to search for oil spills.
||Team A identifies contacts and deploys a ROV for visual inspection and dispatches divers for additional inspection || Team B lands the UAVs.
|| Return to base