Haptic Maritime Controls

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Increased safety and sustainability by using intuitive information transfer

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April 11 2024

By establishing an intuitive information transfer through forces and vibrations in maritime controls, Smart-Ship is contributing to increased safety, sustainability and efficiency. Our technology allows operators to focus on their tasks while receiving valuable information through the ships controls. Such as feeling thresholds or warning vibrations when the operator is encountering dangerous situations or simply communicating an eco-friendly sailing speed.

Since our solution is a combination of hard- and software it is very dynamic, e.g. it allows for:

  • A new standard: We consistently add value by lowering unnecessary fuel and maintenance expenses, improving operational efficiency, and enhancing overall safety at sea.
  • Contributing to the energy transition: by ensuring optimal operator interaction and alleviating the personnel shortage through Facilitating remote or (semi) autonomous shipping and Compatibility with hybrid or fully electric drive systems.
  • Custom solutions: Once you have our hardware aboard, our custom-built functionalities can support the operator in any type of operation through tailored functionalities and requiring no downtime to install
  • High degree of autonomy: Through an intuitive user-interface, fleet managers and operators can adjust settings like friction levels, limit zones and warnings according to personal preference (both onboard and remotely).
Pros & Limitations
Intuitive (non-distractive) information transfer
Increased safety, sustainability and efficiency
Unlimited alterations after one-time hardware installation
Insightful dashboard including all operator inputs (i.e. sustainability scores and did the operator follow the advice or not and what did this result in)
Allows for personalisation per operator (friction levels, detents etc.)
Allows for integration with third-party information systems
Available for both retro-fits and new-builds
Tested on inland vessels
Enables for new technologies such as remote-control and hybrid/fully electric shipping by communicating valuable forces remotely and information on energy management
Limited to ships where there's more or less frequent interaction with the levers
Specification Title Specification Description
Areas of Application
Maritime | Ports | Mobility
Moving towards shared- and remote-control.
Increasing efficiency and decreasing fuel consumption.
Communicating safe speed and navigational advice.
Predictive maintenance due to insight in thruster interaction.
Compatible with several ship types, tugs, small fast, inland, dredging etc. as a retrofit solution.
Insightful database of operator and ship performance (and interaction with information systems).
Simulation Tools
Increased efficiency during simulator trainings, due to replay scenario’s, remote feedback and master-slave instructor settings.


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Enabling a sustainable maritime future.

At Smart-Ship, we make force-feedback controls for the maritime industry. By bridging the gap in information transfer we aim to enable a sustainable maritime future with regard to people, the environment and equipment.

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