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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.

The VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland reports that it has developed a new steering system to be used by remote-monitored and controlled autonomous ships, which will be applied to navigation systems and ship autopilots with the aim of steering ships automatically.

Friday, 16 June 2017 13:47

Unmanned ships added to IMO agenda

The IMO has agreed to add the issue of autonomous ships to its discussion agenda, following a proposal from a broad coalition of countries at MSC 98 (the 98th session of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee) to include debate on the development on unmanned ships as part of the next Committee meeting.

Lloyd's Register (LR) has launched the LR Unmanned Marine Systems Code, a goal-based code to assess unmanned marine systems (UMS) against a set of safety and operational performance requirements.

A new collaborative group including Japanese shipyards and the country’s most prominent shipping lines is set to work together on technologies to support autonomous shipping, sharing costs and expertise as they aim to drive the introduction of self-navigating ships by 2025, according to reports in Japan’s Nikkei business newspaper.

BOURBON and Kongsberg Maritime have signed a collaborative development agreement covering connected and autonomous vessels, with the two companies to work on joint projects to support efficient operations in the offshore services industry.

The first ships to be classed with Lloyd’s Register’s cyber notations for onboard technology have been delivered to Global United in Korea. Built by Hanjin Heavy Industries, in collaboration with Alpha Ori Technology, the ships have been awarded the notation Cyber (AL-SAFE) certifying the autonomous systems on board as safe.

Trondheim-based Blueye Robotics, a company which originated from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (NTNU AMOS), has developed an underwater drone that can perform hull inspections without the need for divers or ROVs.

Kongsberg has agreed a partnership deal with agricultural solutions company YARA to build what the companies say will be the world’s first autonomous zero emissions ship, a 100 per cent electric container feeder vessel.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed five separate Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with local and international partners that will see tens of millions of dollars invested in research and development into a range of emerging technologies in the maritime sector, in areas like port technology, vessel traffic management and autonomous operations.

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