Published on April 20, 2020

Thales, a global technology leader has selected Centrik to manage the operational development of its Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) programme at its UK Maritime Autonomy Centre, Turnchapel Wharf in Plymouth.

The JOSCAR-accredited management solution will be used to measure and monitor all elements of its operations, including safety reporting, risk management, training and equipment maintenance.  It will enable auditing and demonstrate regulatory compliance to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in real-time and compliance with future codes of conduct and regulations regarding the use of maritime autonomous systems.

Thales selected Centrik for its unique pedigree in manned and unmanned air and maritime operations.  Centrik’s development team have drawn on that expertise to rapidly develop a system configured to Thales’ complex requirements.

John Hunnibell, Maritime Autonomous Systems Operations Manager at Thales, says: “We are pushing the boundaries of maritime autonomy but safety is paramount in everything that we do. We needed a system that was reliable and proven and Centrik was uniquely positioned to deliver it and keep apace with our ambitious programme.

“We are at the cutting edge of MAS; Centrik’s heritage, plus its adaptability, means we have a system that exceeds the demands of our auditors and regulators, including the MCA from day one.”

Originally designed for the highly-regulated civil aviation sector, Centrik provides a powerful yet intuitive management package, with real-time monitoring across all business divisions.

Former Royal Navy Commander David Hunkin OBE, Head of Maritime at Centrik, says: “Maritime autonomy is an exciting new industry sector and we bring a wealth of expertise to its management. Centrik is used extensively in both the maritime and unmanned aviation markets and I am familiar with many of its challenges having been involved in the Navy’s early work in autonomy. We very much look forward to working with Thales as they lead the future of MAS.”

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Notes to editor:
Centrik provides complete operational management systems for the aviation, military, maritime and banking sectors, and helps ensure regulatory compliance. Born from the civil aviation sector, Centrik currently has more than 48,000 users working in some of the most highly regulated and safety critical industries in the world.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global technology leader shaping the world of tomorrow today. The Group provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of €19 billion in 2018 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto).

Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations — connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments.

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