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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.

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), led by Rolls-Royce, has published a whitepaper outlining the project’s vision of how remote and autonomous shipping will become a reality, which it claims will be “by the end of the decade.”

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) has introduced the project’s first commercial ship operators: ferry operator Finferries and dry bulk cargo carrier ESL Shipping Oy.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 08:23

Inmarsat joins autonomous ship project

Inmarsat has joined the €6.6 million Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) recently launched by Rolls-Royce, a project which aims to produce the specification and preliminary designs for a range of ship solutions in the area of unmanned vessel operation.

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