Rolls-Royce and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a cooperation agreement that will see the organisations work together in harnessing space-based technologies to support autonomous and remote controlled shipping.
Examination of emerging technologies, autonomous vessels and cyber security must form an integral part of IMO’s strategic approach to the next five years, said secretary-general Kitack Lim in his opening address at the IMO’s 30th Assembly session as he outlined the key elements of the new ‘Strategic Plan for the Organization’ for the 2018 to 2023 period.
Wärtsilä has launched a new Smart Marine Ecosystem strategy, which will focus the company’s efforts on four forces it expects to “re-shape the industry” – shared capacity, Big Data analytics, intelligent vessels, and smart ports.
A new report from law firm Clyde & Co and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has suggested that approximately two-thirds of 220 maritime industry executives surveyed (64 per cent) believe there is uncertainty surrounding liability issues relating to unmanned ships should a vessel be involved in an incident as a result of a cyber-attack.
Maritime UK has launched a new Industry Code of Practice for the design, construction and operation of autonomous and semi-autonomous vessels up to 24 metres long, covering manufacturing, safety, communication and navigation, through to training and skills.
Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York are to spearhead a £12 million programme looking at the safety of robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), with the Assuring Autonomy International Programme (AAIP) to be based at the University of York and led by Professor John McDermid, an expert in systems and software safety engineering.
Wärtsilä reports that it has opened the first of four planned Digital Acceleration Centres (DAC), to support technological innovation in intelligent vessel development and other projects in conjunction with customers and industry partners.
Rolls-Royce reports that it has signed a deal with Google to further develop its intelligent awareness systems as it continues its efforts to make autonomous vessels a practical reality.
Testing has commenced on a 2.4-ton scale model of an autonomous container vessel in Norway, with the country’s government affirming its support for the project by making a NOK 133 million (approximately $16.5 million) financial contribution to its further development.
International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) president Dieter Berg has predicted a shake-up in marine insurance as a result of the introduction of disruptive technologies across the maritime sector, with potentially positive results for insurers if the process is approached in a responsible manner.
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