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A system is provided for optimizing a path for a marine vessel through a waterway from an initial location to a final location. The system includes a propulsion system and a directional system on the marine vessel, which impart a selective propulsion force on the marine vessel at a selective direction based on a received propulsion command and direction command from a processor. The processor determines an optimal path for the marine vessel, an optimal propulsion command and optimal directional command at a respective incremental location along the optimal path, so to optimize a performance characteristic of the marine vessel. The determination of the optimal path, the optimal propulsion command and the optimal directional command is based on the initial location, the final location, at least one operating parameter, the performance characteristic, and navigational data of the waterway.

Title
System and method for optimizing a path for a marine vessel through a waterway
Application Number
12/345073
Publication Number
8155811 (B2)
Application Date
December 29, 2008
Publication Date
April 10, 2012
Inventor
Paul Kenneth Houpt
Schenectady
NY, US
Joseph Forrest Noffsinger
Lees Summit
MO, US
Agent
John A Kramer
GE Global Patent Operation
Assignee
General Electric Company
NY, US
IPC
B60L 15/00
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