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Vancouver-based naval architects and marine engineers Robert Allan Ltd are working with Kongsberg Maritime to develop a new remotely-operated fireboat to be used to respond to dangerous port fires.

Rolls-Royce has opened a new research facility in Turku, Finland, to focus on technologies to support the growth of autonomous systems in the global shipping industry.

Rolls-Royce has announced that it intends to conduct a “strategic review” of its commercial marine business, which could see these operations sold off as it looks to narrow its focus and concentrate on the aerospace, defence and power systems markets.

The newbuild COSCO Shipping Aries has become the first container ship to receive LR’s Cyber-enabled ship (CES) descriptive note ‘Cyber AL3 SECURE PERFORM’ for autonomous or remote control of its energy management system, in compliance with the revised version of LR’s Cyber-enabled ships ShipRight procedure, issued in December 2017.

Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:06

MOL to test intelligent awareness system

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has agreed a deal with Rolls-Royce to collaborate in the testing of intelligent awareness systems for ships, starting with installation on board the 165m passenger ferry Sunflower, operated by MOL-Group Ferry Sunflower Limited on a 222-nautical mile route between Kobe and Oita via the Akashi Kaikyo, Bisan Seto and Kurushima Straits.

After close to 30 years working with maritime software provider SpecTec, former CEO Giampiero Soncini has left the firm’s parent company Volaris Group to take up a new position with Italian classification society RINA (Registro Italiano Navale).

A new report published by The Danish Maritime Authority has called for changes in international maritime regulation to prepare for the introduction of autonomous ships.

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:58

Chinese ‘smart ship’ noted by LR

The first Chinese ‘smart ship’ has been presented with LR’s cyber-enabled ship descriptive notes. The vessel, Great Intelligence, was designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard (GWS), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:57

Horten autonomous vessel testbed opens

An official autonomous shipping test-bed has opened in Horten, on the coast of Norway, to support the growth in development of new systems for autonomous maritime operations. The new area is open to both Norwegian and international companies to trial new technology and vessels.

Friday, 08 December 2017 12:51

Unmanned vessel project gets £1.2m

BMT is set to lead a new £1.2 million research project funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to address the challenge of how traditional manned vessels can co-exist with autonomous systems in shared water space.

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