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EU grants $20 million for autonomous ships project

The European research program “Horizon 2020” funded 20.1 million euros to the Norwegian consortium led by Kongsberg and SINTEF, for its autonomous ships project, one of the largest grands the Norwegian players ever receive.

Watch: Shipping through e-navigation

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA Singapore) published a video providing information on how e-navigation enables safe, secure, efficient and sustainable shipping in the global maritime community, presenting the “Digital Trader” vessel sailing from Norway to Singapore.

Data platform for autonomous ships calls companies for trials

As autonomous operations are increasing following the rapid developments in the shipping industry, the UK Maritime CoastGuard Agency (MCA) discusses of a team launching a data platform helping work being done in autonomous vessel development, which looks for more companies and organisations to come forward and test it. 

ClassNK launches guidelines for autonomous operations

ClassNK published guidelines concerning autonomous ships and operations aiming to improving safety by preventing human error and improving working conditions by reducing the work load on crew members, and demonstration experiments are being carried out on a global scale.

USCG approves remote control system

USCG and ABS approved Sea Machines Robotics’s SM200 commercial wireless helm for installation aboard a class of U.S.-flag tugboats that support articulated tug-barge (ATB) sets. The two bodies deemed the system satisfactory for shipboard installation and trials.

US Navy working on new technology to enable its unmanned ships to make VHF calls

The US Navy is creating a system for its unmanned robotic warships to be able to communicate like human sailors, allowing the ship to safely navigate through waterways. The goal of his technology is to allows human bridge crews to talk with robot ships using normal speech over the worldwide radio system used for ship-to-ship communication.

Japanese partners to study collision avoidance algorithms

Japanese shipping company MOL announced a joint study with three com-patriot partners on collision avoidance algorithms and autonomous collision avoidance. The study, to be named ‘Focus Brain’ is aspiring the development of Artificial Intelligence for autonomous navigation.

Norway sees zero-emission waterbus project

Norwegian university of science and technology (NTNU) launched a new firm, Zeabuz, to promote its newly developed autonomous waterbus concept for emission-free waterways transportation, in efforts of protecting the environment and following the path towards decarbonization.

China successfully tests first autonomous cargo ship

China’s autonomous ship development succeeded its first ever trial voyage, when the country’s first autonomous cargo ship, Jin Dou Yun 0 Hao, completed its testing voyage in Zhuhai. The ship began its trial from Zhuhai’s Dong Ao island completed its voyage from the island to the No. 1 pier of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge successfully.


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