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Bureau Veritas (BV) has delivered an Approval in Principle (AiP) to iXblue for its unmanned surface vessel (USV) named DriX.

The DFFAS (Designing the Future of Full Autonomous Ship) project comprising 30 Japanese companies including NYK and NYK Group companies Japan Marine Science, MTI, and Kinkai Yusen Kaisha has completed the construction of a fleet operation centre (FOC) in Makuhari, Chiba city. The centre will provide onshore support for crewless maritime autonomous surface ships.

The first ever Unmanned Marine Systems (UMS) certificate has been awarded to SEA-KIT International by Lloyd’s Register, representing an important milestone for the maritime industry.

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.

Kongsberg Maritime will supply Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR) with four autonomous vessels.

Researchers at UAntwerp and the Port of Antwerp are testing how 3D sonar sensors can be used to improve awareness of a ship’s surroundings for autonomous shipping.

tpgroup’s patent pending autonomous navigation system, Northstar, has completed its sea trials programme, demonstrating that it can safely navigate unmanned vessels in real-time and in a real-life environment - without human intervention.

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.

Wärtsilä has joined the Mayflower Autonomous ship project, providing its high-speed, high-resolution FMCW K-Band radar (24GHz) designed to provide high levels of situational awareness in densely populated marine environments.

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has collaborated with Shin Nihonkai Ferry to co-develop technologies and systems to enable unmanned ship navigation.

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