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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.

Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Concept Design of Automated Operation/Autonomous Operation of ships, to promote safety in the design of automated ship operation systems.

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.

The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets for its 99th session from 16-25 May, with its agenda to include a regulatory scoping exercise on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships.

Maersk has signed a contract with Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics to trial the US company’s perception and situational awareness technology on board one of the shipping company’s new-build Winter Palace ice-class container ships.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:07

Autodocking system completes testing

Tests of a new autodocking system installed on the 83m ferry Folgefonn, owned by Norwegian operator Norled, have been concluded by Wärtsilä, with the vessel successfully completing actual harbour docking trials without the captain needing to take manual control at any stage in the procedure.

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.

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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