KTN Innovation Exchange challenge - collision avoidance and sensor technologies

KTN’s Innovation Exchange is working with Artemis Technologies who is seeking to identify solution providers capable of providing a detection system to assist with collision avoidance during vessel operation at sea and whilst in harbour.

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KTN’s Innovation Exchange is working with Artemis Technologies, an applied technology spin off from the successful Artemis Racing America’s Cup team. The company was set up to commercialise the hydro-foiling and tool chain intellectual property developed by the team over the past seven years. The company provides engineering services to high-performance and commercial clients, as well as developing unique products, like the world’s most advanced maritime simulators. Utilising world class skills in simulation, lightweight structure engineering, electronics, hydraulics, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics, the Artemis Technologies team has been developing new green technologies with various maritime applications and strives to deliver real innovation to its customers through unique solutions and products.

Artemis Technologies is developing a zero-emission passenger ferry to address both the International Maritime Organization (IMO) targets to achieve a reduction of 50% in carbon dioxide by 2050 and the UK’s commitment to achieve NetZero within the same timescale.

Artemis Technologies is the lead partner of the Belfast Maritime Consortium that was recently awarded a UKRI Strength in Places grant to help develop their electric propelled hydrofoil vessel. This Innovation Exchange seeks to find solution providers to help this innovative vessel avoid collisions.

As part of the unique vessel design and operation Artemis Technologies are looking for an innovation partner to develop and supply detection systems over a range of different technologies capable of object detection and sending telemetry to the navigation software for collision avoidance.

The types of floating, semi and fully submerged objects, that are greater than 250mm in dimension, that need to be detected and thus avoided are:

  • Other vessels
  • Wildlife
  • Containers
  • Ocean debris
    • Metal
    • Plastic
    • Bodies
    • Wood
    • Seaweed
  • Port/berthing infrastructure


Rewards and Benefits

Successful applicants will be given an opportunity to pitch to the challenger. The package may also include:

  • Support from KTN and relevant catapults
  • Support in the development of a prototype or pilot.
  • A place in KTN or Innovate UK events
  • A potential business collaboration
  • Links to investors (if required)


If you have a potential solution for this challenge, find out more and apply at KTN’s Innovation Exchange here.

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