To meet the rising threat towards merchant ships, AUTOPROTECTION project aims to design, build and test full-scale demonstrator of a new concept of non-lethal protection against maritime piracy.

Selected by ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, in 2013 under the first AMI Ships of the Future program, AUTOPROTECTION project under the auspices of SAGEM is developed by a consortium of French complementary industrials with the objective to develop scalable and effective solutions to protect crews and vessels against piracy.

Thus, relying on the expertise gained in particular through its activities Defense and Oil & Gas, SOFRESUD is responsible for:

  • The development of management system AUTOPROTECTION, implementing key treatments to ensure efficiency and performance of self-protection in a context of crisis (very short reaction time, minimum availability of potentially stressed operators).
  • The development of water repulsion system, including repulsion systems fleet monitoring and automatic servo using aiming system data on detected threats, to prevent unwanted boarding.

Key data

  • Budget: € 12.7 million, which €4.9 million are grants and repayable advances obtained as part of Future Investments
  • Modular and configurable based system according to ships and risks
  • Non-lethal system adapted to the constraints of the Merchant Navy
  • Automatic detection and threat assessment
  • Crew localization

The AUTOPROTECTION project is based on work carried out within the French Maritime Cluster, which brought together all stakeholders involved in piracy: shipowners, Navy, insurers, manufacturers, safety organizations, experts in a workgroup.

This group concluded that the need to achieve a life-size demonstrator, able to demonstrate the capabilities of the equipment proposed by French manufacturers.

This group is representative of the sector, remains active and allows the consortium to have a strong link with the maritime world and its contractors and payers.

2009:     Working group creation to develop synergy team work within the CMF

2010:     Dialogue between industrials, in the GICAN infrastructures, to define a comprehensive range of equipment satisfying the needs expressed

2011:     Constitution under the SAGEM auspices of AUTOPROTECTION consortium, comprising industrials and French institutions, to achieve a demonstrator combining technologies and partner expertise.

Project presentation under the AMI "Ships of the Future" submitted to the ADEME

2012:     Start of the project

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