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Japanese partners study automatic collision avoidance

A Japanese research partnership, comprising Japanese shipping company MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), aims at developing an advanced navigation support system. 

First remote-controlled tugboat sails over a long distance

On 22 June, Dutch towage operator Kotug demonstrated what it claims to be the sailing of the first remote-controlled tugboat over a long distance, under a joint industry project. The RT ‘Borkum’ was controlled from the ITS Convention and Exhibition in Marseille, while the RT Borkum was sailing in Rotterdam.

Key safety questions to consider with respect to ECDIS

As installation schedule ends in July 2018, more vessels are embracing ECDIS as the primary means of navigation. The primary function of ECDIS is to enhance the safety of navigation, but experience is showing that installation and approval alone are not enough to achieve this goal.

Norwegian university develops autonomous ferry

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology is developing an autonomous all-electric passenger ferries for urban water transport. This project aims to develop new concepts and methods to advance the development of autonomous passenger ferries for transport of people in urban water channels.

Watch: Autonomous vessels testing in Aker Arctic’s laboratory

An autonomous ship model has been successfully tested in Aker Arctic’s ice model test laboratory in Helsinki. The video shows how the ship model was able to detect obstacles in the ice tank utilizing onboard sensors, maneuver around them without operator input, and moor itself automatically to a target pier. 

Finland amends law to promote automation in maritime

Finnish Government submitted a bill on ships’ crews and the safety management of ships, promoting autonomous tests in maritime transport. Under the submission, in future, exemptions to minimum vessel manning requirements and watchkeeping may be made for a fixed term in order to promote technological innovations. 

SeaSense – Expert Thinking on autonomous vessels

Our recent online poll revealed that the majority (71%) believe that seafarers will not be able to trust an autonomous system. Additionally, our Sea Sense column – in association with the North P&I Club – has asked global experts to provide their perspectives.

Five countries sign maritime digitalization agreement

The Danish Maritime Authority increased the international work on digitalization and e-navigation as it entered into a cooperation agreement with South Korea, Sweden, Australia and China. The agreement aims to strengthen the focus on digitalization in the maritime sector.

South Korea to advance efforts for a global e-navigation system

The South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that 200 officials from 20 governments and international organizations will attend the second e-Navigation Underway Asia-Pacific gathering, which starts on Monday, June 4 in Seoul for a two-day run. There will be a total of five sessions, while 22 reports will be presented.

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