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The Use of USV to Develop Navigational and Bathymetric Charts of Yacht Ports on the Example of National Sailing Centre in Gdańsk

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Department of Transport and Logistics, Gdynia Maritime University, Morska 81-87, 81-225 Gdynia, Poland
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Department of Geodesy and Oceanography, Gdynia Maritime University, Morska 81-87, 81-225 Gdynia, Poland
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Gdańsk University of Physical Education and Sport, Kazimierza Górskiego 1, 80-336 Gdańsk, Poland
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Department of Navigation and Hydrography, Polish Naval Academy, Śmidowicza 69, 81-127 Gdynia, Poland
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Department of Marine Electronic Systems, Gdańsk University of Technology, 11/12 Gabriela Narutowicza, 80-233 Gdańsk, Poland
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Remote Sens. 2020, 12(16), 2585; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rs12162585
Received: 30 June 2020 / Revised: 1 August 2020 / Accepted: 10 August 2020 / Published: 11 August 2020
Apart from extensive infrastructure protection, modern yacht ports should primarily provide vessels with navigational safety associated with their maneuvering on the approach fairway, as well as mooring in the port aquatory. For this reason, yachts entering the harbor should have up-to-date, accurate, and reliable charts of the port and its surroundings. This article presents hydrographic surveys conducted in the National Sailing Centre (NSC) yacht port at the Gdańsk University of Physical Education and Sport (GUPES), whose aim was to define and develop unique bathymetric and navigational charts of the harbor and the approach fairway. These can be used for example to manage berths in the marina or inform about the depths in the yacht port and on the approach fairway. The chart of the NSC-GUPES and its approach fairway is Poland’s first cartographic image of a harbor, performed entirely on the basis of surveys conducted by an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV). The study results demonstrated that the use of a small-sized USV in bathymetric measurements of yacht ports and marinas was significantly more effective than the traditional (manned) hydrographic surveys. Such vessels allow measurements to be carried out in hard-to-reach locations, even between mooring vessels, and in the immediate vicinity of quays. Thanks to the implemented automatic mode of steering on sounding profiles, USVs are equally efficient and capable of carrying out hydrographic surveys on a larger waterbody, i.e., the approach fairway. View Full-Text
Keywords: Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV); bathymetric chart; navigational chart; yacht port; National Sailing Centre in Gdańsk; hydrography Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV); bathymetric chart; navigational chart; yacht port; National Sailing Centre in Gdańsk; hydrography
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Specht, M.; Specht, C.; Szafran, M.; Makar, A.; Dąbrowski, P.; Lasota, H.; Cywiński, P. The Use of USV to Develop Navigational and Bathymetric Charts of Yacht Ports on the Example of National Sailing Centre in Gdańsk. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 2585. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rs12162585

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Specht M, Specht C, Szafran M, Makar A, Dąbrowski P, Lasota H, Cywiński P. The Use of USV to Develop Navigational and Bathymetric Charts of Yacht Ports on the Example of National Sailing Centre in Gdańsk. Remote Sensing. 2020; 12(16):2585. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rs12162585

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Specht, Mariusz, Cezary Specht, Maciej Szafran, Artur Makar, Paweł Dąbrowski, Henryk Lasota, and Piotr Cywiński. 2020. "The Use of USV to Develop Navigational and Bathymetric Charts of Yacht Ports on the Example of National Sailing Centre in Gdańsk" Remote Sensing 12, no. 16: 2585. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/rs12162585

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