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Thursday, 01 November 2018 16:04

‘Smart Charts’ under development by UKHO

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has confirmed that it has made a contribution to a new UK government-funded study on navigational requirements for autonomous maritime vessels, working on development of a prototype ‘Smart Chart’ navigational data system.

Rolls-Royce and Intel have announced a new agreement that will see the companies work together on the further development of autonomous vessel systems, collaborating on designs for intelligent shipping technologies to make commercial shipping safer.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released a new study, conducted on its behalf by the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA), examining the potential impact of autonomous ships on the role of seafarers and the global shipping industry.

Wärtsilä has opened a new International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence (IMCCE) in Singapore, consisting of a Maritime Cyber Emergency Response Team (MCERT) and a cyber academy, created in conjunction with its new cyber security strategic partner, Templar Executives.

The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Department for Transport (DfT), in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, have successfully secured £1 million to fund research and development into autonomous and ‘smart’ shipping.

Sea Machines Robotics, a Boston-based developer of autonomous technology for marine vessels, reports that it has successfully completed product sea trials for an introductory line of intelligent command and control systems to automate elements of commercial vessel operations.

Rolls-Royce and Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) have completed a pilot project aboard a 165m passenger ferry, Sunflower Gold, testing the applicability of Intelligent Awareness and machine learning technologies to maritime operations.

ABB has launched its new Ability Marine Pilot Control dynamic positioning (DP) system, aiming to improve the automation of navigational tasks through integration with existing onboard equipment.

Kongsberg Maritime is to bring technologies developed for autonomous vessel operation to its Integrated Bridge System (IBS) equipment, introducing a new integrated technology platform designed to support situational awareness through the process of Sensor Fusion, where traditional navigation sensors such as radar and sonar are combined with cameras and lasers.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:04

Autonomous vessel class guidelines from DNV GL

DNV GL reports that it has released a new class guideline covering autonomous and remotely operated ships, aiming to cover new operational concepts that do not fit within existing regulations and technologies that control functions that would normally be performed by humans.

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