Kongsberg has signed a Research & Innovation (R&I) contract with the PILOT-E programme for the development of zero emission, full-electric, autonomous ferry concepts in line with Norway’s integrated zero emissions national transportation plan.
Wärtsilä reports that it has completed a successful test of a remotely controlled ship, operating the vessel from shore while on a different continent through a sequence of manoeuvres using a combination of Dynamic Positioning (DP) and manual joystick control.
Russian developers have launched a new platform to allow for testing of navigation systems used by unmanned surface vessels in a virtual environment, managed by the MariNet working group from the country’s National Technological Initiative (NTI).
DIMECC, leader of the ‘One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem’, has opened what it says is the first globally available test area for autonomous vessel projects in Finland. The test area will be open to anyone wishing to examine the success of their research into unmanned ship systems in open waters, the company says.
A group of nine recent Norwegian graduates, working as part of a project with DNV GL, have developed a smart ‘robot container’ concept vehicle, with built-in cooling systems and the ability to sail to ports autonomously without any human interaction.
A new industry group calling itself the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance has been officially launched in Shanghai, featuring maritime industry partners including class organisations, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and designers aiming to advance the development of autonomous shipping.
BOURBON has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Automated Ships Ltd (ASL) to support the construction of the world’s first autonomous prototype vessel for offshore operations.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released a roundup of the developments coming out of the recent 98th session of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), showing a strong focus on technology-related areas such as autonomous ships and cyber security.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) to jointly develop vessel monitoring and support systems which they hope to eventually offer to the wider maritime market.
Rolls-Royce and towage operator Svitzer have successfully demonstrated what they claim to be the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark.
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