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Lloyd’s Register (LR) and the new Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS) have agreed to work together in the joint development of technology and infrastructure for future marine and offshore systems, as well as in areas like digital and data innovation, and research on robotic autonomous systems in the marine environment.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) reports that it has joined the MAXCMAS project, a GBP£1.27 million collaborative research project that aims to investigate, develop and implement real-time collision avoidance algorithms for autonomous maritime vessels.

The Danish Maritime Authority has announced that it is launching a pre-study on autonomous ships together with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), to increase the country’s common knowledge base on the technology and to set a preliminary framework so that the development and use of unmanned ships can be planned in an appropriate manner.

Rolls-Royce has signed a deal to supply its first automatic crossing system to Norwegian ferry company Fjord1, an early step towards the company’s goal of creating fully autonomous vessels.

An extensive area of the Trondheimsfjord in Northern Norway has been designated as an official test bed for autonomous shipping by the Norwegian Coastal Authority (NCA).

Plans are underway in the UK to build a multi-million pound robot boat to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower out of Plymouth, with a Crowdfunding initiative being launched by the team behind the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) to support its development.

Friday, 23 September 2016 15:39

Finland backs unmanned vessel development

Finland is throwing its weight behind the development of autonomous ships, with the country aiming to provide the world's first unmanned maritime products, services and ecosystem by 2025.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016 11:30

NAVTOR joins EU autonomous vehicles project

NAVTOR has been selected to represent the maritime industry in the ENABLE project, an EU initiative to validate the safety of autonomous vehicles in Europe, with the Norwegian firm having received funding to investigate the concept of ‘shore-based bridges’ over the next three years as a stepping stone on the path to autonomous vessels.

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 10:04

Autonomous vessel firm gets new investment

AutoNaut, an autonomous vessel technology company, reports that it has secured investment from the Seiche Group to advance its R&D and develop business across international markets.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has introduced a new ShipRight procedure guidance which it says will set out the ‘how’ of marine autonomous operations as we move towards the future introduction of unmanned ships.

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