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Rolls-Royce reports that results from the £1.3 million MAXCMAS (MAchine eXecutable Collision regulations for Marine Autonomous Systems) research project have demonstrated that the operation of autonomous vessels can meet, if not exceed, current collision avoidance (COLREG) rules.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:29

IACS chairman outlines technology projects

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has launched “several projects” to help the industry adapt to changes in regulations and technologies, as well as identify barriers to autonomous ship operations, according to chairman Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen.

Rolls-Royce has introduced a new system to improve situational awareness for navigators operating vessels at night, in adverse weather conditions or in congested waterways, which works by fusing sensor data with intelligent software to provide bridge crews with a more detailed understanding of events unfolding around them than what would be possible with the naked eye.

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.

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