Future Navigation


As one of the leaders in integrated navigation and bridge systems, and as the most experienced navigation company, Raytheon Anschütz has the expertise to design innovations that make shipping safer and more efficent. "Digitalization" is a buzzword today - learn more about our efforts to design future navigation.

Since the first Anschütz gyro compass has been patented in 1904, Raytheon Anschütz has unveiled a number of innovations which have strongly influenced global shipping. Most innovations were aiming for more safety in navigation. System safety is still crucial on the way towards future navigation.

With the introduction of IMO-compliant Integrated Navigation Systems (which provides integrated functions related to 'artificial intelligence') and most modern user interfaces (which are designed in accordance with human-centered design), Raytheon Anschütz took important steps towards system integrity, safe operations, and reduced risk of accidents.

We use this as the base, to guide our customers safely to the digital future of navigation.


Raytheon Anschütz has established the RAN-DOCK as a maritime innovation hub in Northern Germany in order to shape the digital future of navigation and shipping. 

The RAN-Dock is a creative space, located in the center of the company, in which employees and talents can develop new ideas or new methods of cooperation outside the established business processes.

Customers are involved early in order to test and validate ideas in the real world. Promising ideas are equipped with start-up aid in the form of time and money and guided through a modern innovation process chain, with the aim of bringing the best innovations to the market. In 2018, these ideas have finally survived our 'shark tank': Augmented Reality Navigation, Electronic Logbook, Smart Steering, Man-Over-Board Detection

In addition to our own workforce, Raytheon Anschütz also opens the RAN-Dock space for start-ups and research institutes in the region who are interested in joining the experimentation room and working together on cooperative business ideas and the possibilities of digital transformation in shipping.

RAN-DOCK winner 2018

The shark tank was finally won by the electronic ship logbook developed by Raytheon Anschütz together with the Hamburg startup and award winner (Pitch Blue & Digital Logistics Award) NautilusLog. Irrespective of the manufacturer of their bridge systems, shipping companies should save considerable administrative effort and be able to organize data safely, for example using blockchain technology. While NautilusLog brings a smartphone app for the mobile operation of the logbook, Raytheon Anschütz developed the interface for the automatic recording of logbook data and the concepts for the distribution of the new system. The system will be available in 2020.

If you wish to learn more about RAN-DOCK, if you are interested to team up with our innovators in order to discuss and test their ideas, or if you have own ideas you wish to discuss with our experts, please get in touch with us!

You can reach our innovators by E-Mail: ran.dock@raytheon.com

You can also browse our RAN-Dock Website, with further information provided in German language.

R&D Projects at Raytheon Anschütz

Raytheon Anschütz, together with other leading maritime companies, participates in various cooperations and research projects in order to further improve navigation technologies and safety at sea. This is a selection of current and recent projects, dealing with safe and digital navigation and guiding a way to autonomous shipping:


As part of Raytheon Anschütz’ initiative towards intelligent assistance systems, GALILEOnautic2 aims for a navigation system that is able to support safe shipping under different levels of autonomy. Together with research partners from industry and academia, an assistance system will be developed that is able to indicate critical situations, to propose problem solutions as well as to carry out manoeuvres automatically, depending on the needs of the navigator. Click here for more information.

MTCAS – Maritime Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System

COLREG-compliant collision avoidance is among the primary tasks of navigators. Raytheon Anschütz together with research partners from industry and academia has developed an innovative assistance system to aid customers and users in making maritime traffic safer. MTCAS has received funding by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Click here for more information or watch a video from the sea trials in Wilhelmshaven.

ACTRESS - Cyber Security

The BMWI-funded Architecture and Technology Development Platform for Real-Time Safe and Secure Systems (ACTRESS) re-thinks the engineering process. Within ACTRESS new methods for verification and validation of complex highly-automated cyber-physical SoS will be provided, including new architectures for safe and secure maritime systems, approaches for simulation and physical based testing of highly-automated maritime systems, and approaches for security validation of connected maritime systems. https://www.emaritime.de/projects/actress/

Other research projects include:

CONSINUS (addresses the higher safety risk resulting from steadily increasing sea traffic), SEERAD (new maritime radar system for increased safety on the high seas), MaReSX (marine radar with digital beamforming for S- and X-Band), CASCADe (development of an adaptive bridge system under consideration of human element and cooperation), PITAS (pirate and terrorist aversion system), DGON Bridge (development of an integrated, modular ship control center), Ocean Monitoring System (environmental monitoring, forecasting, alerting).