Pieter-Jan NotePieter-Jan is the project lead and responsible for naval architecture at Project Mahi. Pieter holds an MSc in Aerospace Science and Technology and an MSc Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Lessons from the first Atlantic crossing by an autonomous, solar-powered vessel
Mahi 2 is the first autonomous surface vessel to have crossed the Atlantic Ocean, purely on solar power. Developed by a team of six Belgian engineers, Mahi 2 navigated a distance of 8000km from A Coruna, Spain to Martinique, Caribbean. During this session, several lessons will be shared from this ocean crossing which can be applied to commercial unmanned vessels for applications in offshore survey & surveillance and beyond. We will share concrete lessons learned from our USV development and operational experiences from operating an offshore USV.