Thursday, 05 October 2017 11:28

Google to boost unmanned ship quest

Rolls-Royce reports that it has signed a deal with Google to further develop its intelligent awareness systems as it continues its efforts to make autonomous vessels a practical reality.

Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) providing an option to make the Rolls-Royce Energy Management system available via Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress network.

DIMECC, leader of the ‘One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem’, has opened what it says is the first globally available test area for autonomous vessel projects in Finland. The test area will be open to anyone wishing to examine the success of their research into unmanned ship systems in open waters, the company says.

A new industry group calling itself the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance has been officially launched in Shanghai, featuring maritime industry partners including class organisations, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and designers aiming to advance the development of autonomous shipping.

Rolls-Royce, The Norwegian University of Technology Science (NTNU), research organisation SINTEF Ocean, and classification society DNV GL have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to create an open source digital platform for use in the development of new ships, capable of creating a vessel’s ‘digital twin’.

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Rolls-Royce and towage operator Svitzer have successfully demonstrated what they claim to be the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark.

Rolls-Royce has launched the next generation of its Energy Management (EM) System, a data-driven performance management platform which collects and processes data from a multitude of sensors on the vessel to monitor the performance of an individual vessel or a fleet.

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Nor Lines and Rolls-Royce have signed a novel ‘Power-by-the-Hour’ service agreement for the two vessels Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos, which will use Big Data technologies to monitor, plan and perform maintenance and repairs on all the equipment installed on the cargo ships.

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Rolls-Royce reports that it has signed a deal with Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven to supply its automatic crossing system for two new double-ended plug-in battery-hybrid ferries being built for Norwegian ferry company FosenNamsos Sjø.

Rolls-Royce has signed three new Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with separate organisations in Europe and in Singapore, as it continues its quest to develop autonomous vessel technologies.

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