The risk of collision at sea is a major cause for concern among skippers and protagonists in the maritime domain.
With three retirements from the Vendée Globe linked to collisions, as well as other impact reported during the race, Class IMOCA is working to rally together the skills of the marine industry in a bid to break even more new ground in its search for solutions geared towards improving safety for sailors and the preservation of biodiversity.
Containers, blocks of wood, drifting ice, unreported craft, waste of all kinds, as well as creatures of the deep of very different sizes and behaviours, the risk of hitting something at sea is a threat that continues to loom large for racers and yet it remains a highly complex issue. With radars, AIS, thermal cameras and acoustic deterrents, the equipment is out there and over the past winter the Vendée Globe was another test run for work in this field, but there is still a way to go. Read on.