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ClassNK has introduced its ClassNK Technical Journal, which will publish the outcome of R&D and technical activities in autonomous ships.

One Sea has released a new white paper focusing on the relationship between ship safety and autonomous technology.

The Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has completed a regulatory scoping exercise to analyse relevant ship safety treaties, in order to assess how Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) could be regulated.

Fischer Panda UK’s electric drive system and generators will power the world’s first fully automated vessel, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS), when it sets sail on its historic maiden voyage across the Atlantic this June.

BIMCO has announced that its currently used SHIPMAN 2009 agreement for use with autonomous ships is being adapted and adjusted, with the first version expected for publication in 2021.

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics has partnered with shipbuilder Metal Shark Boats to supply the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)’s Research and Development Centre (RDC) with a new Sharktech 29 Defiant vessel to test and evaluate the capabilities of available autonomous vessel technology.

Representatives from China, Denmark, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, and Singapore have launched the MASSPorts initiative to collaborate on and develop Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) in ports.

Weathernews has been selected as a member of the Designing the Future of Full Autonomous Ship Project (DFFAS), made up of 22 domestic companies who will collaborate on the Joint Technological Development Programme for the Demonstration of Unmanned Ships administered by the Nippon Foundation.

The Research Council of Norway is awarding more than USD 20 million to Norwegian research project Safe Autonomous Ships (SFI Autoship). The strategic research project studies methods and technology for enabling safe and secure autonomous operations of maritime vessels.

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