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Navigation, Autonomy & New Technologies

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics has completed six live demonstrations of it’s autonomous-command technology, completing a series of manoeuvres on a remote-commanded workboat from more than 1,500 miles away in the US.
Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have completed a successful demonstration of what they claim is the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in an archipelago south of the city of Turku, Finland.
DNV GL has issued its first SmartShip descriptive notation to a very large ore carrier (VLOC), the vessel Pacific Vision, which has been delivered by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard to China Merchants Energy Shipping Company.
Wärtsilä reports that it has successfully completed a further round of test procedures of its automated dock-to-dock solution, on the 85m ferry ‘Folgefonn’ owned by Norwegian operator Norled.
The  three-year, €20 million STM Validation Project has concluded with a final conference held at the International Maritime Organization in London, where representatives of nine industry stakeholders expressed their intention to take future responsibility for the digital Maritime Service Infrastructure developed by the project.
StormGeo has announced the launch of its Navigator Solutions Portfolio of products, offering an integrated navigational and route optimisation platform connecting onboard systems to shore-based decision support.
ABB reports that it has won its first marine automation system contract for a cruise ferry in China, after the technology package it was contracted to supply for a Chinese-built Viking Line vessel was extended to include the ABB Ability System 800xA.
The largest container vessel ever built in the United States, the Daniel K. Inouye, designed to deliver cargo between Hawaii and west coast continental US ports for ocean cargo transportation firm Matson Inc, has been delivered with a range of navigation and communication systems supplied by Furuno.
Kongsberg Digital reports that it has been selected to deliver and support a package of ship’s bridge simulators for the Royal Australian Navy, to be used to reduce the costs associated with qualifying bridge watch keepers and other staff before going to sea.
Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has announced that it has entered into new agreements with DNV GL, the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) and the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) to work on the development of autonomous shipping technologies and new regulatory frameworks.
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