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1. (WO2017148655) MARITIME DRIFT CONTROL SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/148655    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2017/052574
Publication Date: Sat Sep 09 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Wed Feb 08 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G05D 1/02
Applicants: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
ZF PADOVA SRL.
Inventors: MURRU, Marco
GUSTIN, Dave
BORTOLIN, Gianantonio
PELLEGRINETTI, Andrea
PICCINI, Daniel
STANLEY, Keith
ORVIETO, Andrew
Title: MARITIME DRIFT CONTROL SYSTEM
Abstract:
The invention relates to a maritime drift control system comprising a vessel movement detection unit to detect actual vessel speed and heading, further comprising a vessel movement control unit with a drift controller which is able to control operation of at least one propulsion device of a vessel. The maritime drift control system comprises a drift error generator to generate drift error signals depending on a predetermined speed limit and the actual vessel speed. The drift error generator is connected to the drift controller to transmit the drift error signals to the drift controller. The drift controller is designated to use said drift error signals to compute and transmit propulsion command signals to the at least one propulsion device in order to reduce speed and heading of the vessel to target values. The invention comprises further a maritime vessel with a corresponding maritime drift control system.