Maritime UK has launched an updated version of the industry Code of Practice for autonomous ships. The updated version adds new guidance on the operation of autonomous ships, with a particular focus on skills, training and vessel registration.
Innovations that lead to major developments require a process of collaboration and an exchange of ideas, and people willing to go the extra mile. Benny Pettersson is one of those people, who through his know-how and commitment, searched for solutions to benefit global shipping, and came up with the idea of the AIS; a vital tool for navigators on vessels globally.
Technology concerning autonomous and unmanned vessels is under construction aiming to create the next generation of autonomous vessels for the commercial survey market. Partners signed a joint development agreement in order to create the future autonomous survey ships.
Wilhelmsen Ship Management has signed two agreements that will establish the operational and regulatory framework in autonomous shipping. The first agreement is about the rise of a safety management system, which is called “safety management system agreement”. Whereas the second one focuses on the development of future competence, called “competence agreement”.
The US Coast Guard published a Final Rule in the Federal Register, allowing tankers with automatic pilot systems that meet certain international standards to operate using those systems in shipping safety fairways and traffic separation schemes. The rule will apply from December 5, 2018.
UK government has funded a new study intended to identify future data requirements for autonomous shipping. Comprising partners as the UK Hydrographic Office, L3 ASV and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the study seeks to explore how navigational and wider geospatial data can be used to enable the safe navigation of smart and unmanned autonomous vessels.
Airbus Defence and Space has launched Ocean Finder, a service delivering satellite-based detection and identification reports for assets at sea. Ocean Finder aims to ensure safety in hostile areas and support search and rescue operations. Its goal is to monitor fleets of ships, locate hijacked boats, detect illegal activities, prepare maritime mission.
The US Navy is seeking maritime industry’s input as it proposed a medium unmanned surface vehicle. The objective of this input is to examine if the industry is able to provide a solution within a certain time frame at an affordable cost. The MUSV should be 12 meters to 50 meters long.
In September, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute demonstrated a new use for its long-range autonomous underwater vehicles, detecting and tracking oil spills. MBARI engineers outfitted an LRAUV with fluorometers that can detect oil in water and the simulated an oil spill using non-toxic, biodegradable dye.
Tallin VTS joined the Sea Traffic Management, which aims to improve traffic safety and provide vessel traffic services to know vessels’ intentions and sailing plans.
The Estonian centre is the first shore centre outside EU-funded projects. Tallinn also has a system for the STM functions installed by Wärtsilä.
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