Raspberry Pi helped restore this boat to former glory
Baltic is a handsome 1962 vintage tugboat that was built in Norway, where she operated until the 1980s. She’s now in English waters, having been registered in Southampton once renovations were complete. After some initial hull restoration work in France she sailed to the western Ligurian coast in Italy, where it took about five years to complete the work. The boat’s original exterior was restored, while the inside was fully refurbished to the standard of a luxury yacht.
But where is the Raspberry Pi?
Ulderico Arcidiaco, who coordinated the digital side of Baltic’s makeover, is the CEO of Sfera Labs, so naturally he turned to Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ in the guise of Sfera’s Strato Pi CM Duo for the new digital captain of the vessel.
Strato Pi CM Duo is an industrial server comprising a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ inside a DIN-rail case with a slew of additional features. The MagPi magazine took a good look at them when they launched.
The Strato Pi units are the four with red front panels in the cabinet pictured below. There are four other Raspberry Pi Compute Modules elsewhere onboard. Two are identical to the Strato Pi CM Duos in this photo; another is inside an Iono Pi Max; and there’s a Compute Module 4 inside an Exo Sense Pi down in the galley.
Thoroughly modern makeover
Baltic now has fully integrated control of all core and supplementary functions, from power distribution to tanks and pump control, navigation, alarms, fire, lighting, stabilisers, chargers, inverters, battery banks, and video. All powered by Raspberry Pi.
“When it was built sixty years ago, not even the wildest science fiction visionary could have imagined she would one day be fully computer controlled, and not by expensive dedicated computer hardware, but by a tiny and inexpensive device that any kid can easily buy and play with to have fun learning.
And, if there is some old-fashioned patriotism in things, the Raspberry Pi on board will surely like the idea of being back under their home British Flag.”
The control panel looks industrial grade. Instead of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) there are Raspberry Pi’s. Excellent use case to demonstrate the versatility of the Raspberry Pi.
Raspberry Pi’s have had this ability for quite some time. How about sharing some of the coding so we can all build our own.
Seaworthy? Time will tell …
Do you mean seaworthy on a commercial or military ? What sea states were you referring to ?
Star Trek was airing in 1964 so imagining a ship that’s fully computer controlled wasn’t that far off.
9 Sep, 1966…
Lost in Space 8 Sep, 1965 (Robby the Robot)
2001 2 April, 1968 Hal 9000 (b. 12 January 1992)
It makes absolutely no difference whether it is Raspberry Pi, or Intel NUC, or whatsoever in this case. Software is a thing that really matters.
Yes, software. But fast speed and low cost hardware with external IO, and that is easily swap-able if damaged. Thus Raspberry Pi computers.
How about more articles like this in Raspberry Pi Weekly e-newsletter to illustrate the commercial uses of the Pi ?
Raspberry Pi Staff Ashley Whittaker — post author
It made it into the latest issue of Raspberry Pi Weekly 👍 (which went out a little later than usual)
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