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Survey: Shipping future is autonomous but human to remain key component

IMarEST issued a survey on a number of issues surrounding the adoption of remote and autonomous technology in shipping. The report shows it is very likely that the adoption will proceed on a sector by sector basis, but it is still unclear as to the justifications for the business case for each of these sectors in terms of full adoption.

BPA: Coastal shipping could be the first to embrace autonomous shipping

The British Ports Association published a report authored by Setfords Solicitors on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships and the challenges and opportunities for UK ports. Coastal shipping could be one of the first parts of the UK maritime sector to embrace autonomous shipping.

ETF addresses automation issues in European inland waterways

On Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September 2018 more than 45 participants from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria met in Saint Petersbourg, Russia, to discuss “automation in European Inland Waterways”.

Airbus to use automated kite to RoRo

Airbus announced that it ordered the automated kite SeaWing, which employs parafoil technology to tow large commercial ships. SeaWing was developed by AirSeas and can help propel large vessels, while it also claims that it can provide a 20% improvement in fuel economy.

DNV GL issues autonomous and remotely-operated ship guideline

With the first autonomous vessels set to launch in the coming years, classification society DNV GL has issued a new class guideline covering autonomous and remotely operated ships to help build a safety culture around these new technologies. 

Rolls-Royce, Iridium team up on autonomous ships connectivity

Rolls-Royce Marine and Iridium Communications signed a Letter of Intent, in support of their autonomous vessel development program. Under the LoI, the parties will work together to explore incorporating Iridium’s L-band satellite broadband service, Iridium Certus, into the RRM suite of Ship Intelligence solutions.

Watch: Underwater reef protector tested for Great Barrier Reef

An underwater drone that can keep watch on reef health and accurately identify and inject the devastating crown-of-thorns starfish is ready to be put to the test on the Great Barrier Reef, as a result of a collaboration between QUT, Google and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

40% consider unmanned ships to be viable within 20 years

In Nautilus Federation ‘s survey of almost 1,000 maritime professionals of more than 20 seafaring unions, 40% of serving seafarers believe that commercially viable unmanned ships will be in widespread service within the next 20 years. only 16% of respondents wanted to see a future with no autonomous support.

AUV to map deep sea mineral deposits in Norway

After the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy claimed administrative responsibility for mineral deposits on the continental shelf, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has been assigned the task of mapping potential deposits. The mapping will carried out using an an autonomous underwater vehicle. 

Yara chooses Vard to build world’s first autonomous container vessel

The world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel is one step closer to launch, as YARA signed a deal with VARD worth NOK 250 million to build the vessel. VARD will deliver Yara Birkeland for launch in early 2020, and the vessel will gradually move from manned operation to fully autonomous by 2022.

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