Jan De Nul tests marine mammal detection system

Jan De Nul Group is joining forces with Seiche Ltd to start trials for the development of an automated marine mammal detection system on board of its vessels.

A collaboration agreement to start this innovative pilot project with Seiche’s new second-generation HD thermal cameras was signed in May 2021. The first camera trials will be used to optimize the A.I software for future use on projects.

Based in the UK, Seiche Ltd specialises in the design, development and manufacture of underwater measurement and acoustic systems together with advanced visual detection systems.

As part of an internal Innovation Challenge at Jan De Nul Group, four Jan De Nul employees proposed the idea to use this innovative technology during marine offshore operations, and initiated the pilot. 

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A two-month trial

This trial will allow Seiche Ltd to collect the necessary data for testing and fine-tuning the A.I. capacity of the automated detection function and the visual distances these cameras can cover.

Ultimately, this test will be a first step towards the fully automated detection of marine mammals, thereby setting a new standard for all dredging and offshore construction projects worldwide.

The aim is to increase the level of protection of marine mammals and to reduce safety risks, costs and impact upon the environment.

Nicola Harris, Associate Director of Environmental Services at Seiche Ltd, said: “We are really excited to be working with Jan De Nul on the testing phase of our new camera systems – allowing us to really showcase the enhanced capabilities of the new devices.”

“It is really great to see construction companies like Jan De Nul showing an active interest in developing such key tools for protecting the environment.”

Inge Van Tomme, Project Manager of the KPI Department at Jan De Nul Group, added: “The idea of automated mammal detection originated from an internal JDN Innovation Challenge.”

“We chose this competition entry as the outright winner, out of many other viable ideas. By joining forces with a well experienced technology solution partner as Seiche Ltd., we are convinced that we can re-invent the way of detecting and protecting marine mammals for the whole dredging and offshore construction business on projects worldwide.”

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