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An autonomous ship model has been successfully tested in Aker Arctic’s ice model test laboratory in Finland, the company reports.

The Nautical Institute has insisted that all vessels, autonomous or not, should comply with the COLREGs, as the process to decide how to regulate unmanned systems begins at IMO.

Italy-based shipping company d’Amico Group has partnered with RINA and Marlink subsidiary Telemar to build a new digital fleet operations centre in Rome, which will see the vessel operator ramp up data collection from its ships to improve performance analysis.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has confirmed that it has begun work to examine how the operation of autonomous ships could be addressed within IMO instruments.

Rolls-Royce and Finnish shipowner Finferries report that they have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop new decision support systems for marine operations, as well as agreeing to work together on demonstrations of remote and autonomous ferry technologies.

Wednesday, 02 May 2018 14:05

Grieg Star opens Vessel Support Centre

Norwegian shipping company Grieg Star has opened a new Vessel Support Centre in Bergen, which will leverage hundreds of data sources from its general cargo and bulk carriers to enhance cooperation between ship and shore, and improve decision making across its fleet of approximately 40 vessels.

Ship management company OSM reports that it is in the final stages of completing a Singapore-based Maritime Operations Centre that will act as a global hub for management of its vessels, with the aim of improving the efficiency of its operations through the application of Big Data analytics and decision support.

Thirteen new environmentally friendly ferries being built for the Norwegian company Fjord1 are to be installed with Autocrossing systems from Rolls-Royce Marine, following the agreement of a new contract.

Fujitsu, Singapore Management University (SMU), and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) have announced a collaboration agreement to develop new technologies for vessel traffic management at the Port of Singapore, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg have collaborated in the creation of a new joint venture called Massterly, which they describe as the “world's first autonomous shipping company.”

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