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Finnish-based shipping tech start-up Groke Technologies has raised funds from three major Japanese tanker operators – Uyeno Transtech, Tsurumi Sunmarine and Asahi Tanker.

The world’s first electric and self-propelled container ship, the Yara Birkeland, has departed for its maiden voyage in the Oslo fjord.

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has become the first shipbuilding company to receive an approval in principle (AiP) under Bureau Veritas’ Cyber Managed Prepared notation.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has entered into a joint R&D agreement with Japan Radio (JRC) and YDK Technologies (YDK) to develop an integrated navigation support system that utilises artificial intelligence (AI) and other cutting-edge technologies for assisting in making safe manoeuvring decisions.

METIS Cyberspace Technology has launched the next generation of its automated data-acquisition system, Ship Connect, in a move which enhances data transfer and monitoring while also enabling the development of ship performance analytics based on standard protocols.

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.

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