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Norway is now the owner of ArcticWeb

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that it transferred ArcticWeb to Norway from June 1st 2018. The Norwegian Coastal Administration will now take over the ownership and operation of the web platform. ArcticWeb is a web based platform aiming to improve the safety of navigation in the Arctic.

ClassNK issues guidelines for concept design of autonomous ships

ClassNK released guidelines incorporating basic elements on concept design safety for automated ship operation systems. Over the last years, maritime industry has seen increased efforts towards the development of automated operation systems for ships to improve navigation safety, working conditions and ship operation.

Canadian Navy to update its navigation systems

The Royal Canadian Navy will receive new navigation system hardware upgrades and in-service support. The upgrades will replace legacy systems, with some dating back to 2001. The fleetwide upgrade includes 44 surface ship and five submarine systems. OSI will design, build and deliver the navigation system hardware upgrades.

New project to promote autonomous shipping

A new project is being developed to enable the uptake of autonomous shipping. Namely, the Hull to Hull project is developing a system to allow maritime vessels to navigate safely near to each other and to stationary objects, and creating the conditions for autonomous maritime navigation.

ECDIS: prons and cons of paperless navigation

Considering that most accidents are contributed to the human element, ECDIS has come along in order to try and change the landscape.  However, there are many cases which showcase the new technology involves many challenges that cannot be ignored. The improper use of ECDIS can result in accidents; therefore a change in operators’ mindset is required.

MSC 99 marks first steps to the adoption of autonomous ships

The 99th session of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee concluded on 25 May, endorsing a framework for a regulatory scoping exercise, as work in progress, including preliminary definitions of autonomous ships and degrees of autonomy, as well as a methodology for conducting the exercise and a plan of work.

US funds research for autonomous vessels

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been granted a $1.25 million grant by the United States Office of Naval Research to research autonomous unmanned marine vehicle platforms for coastal surveillance, coastal surveys, target tracking and protection of at-sea assets.

Regulatory update on autonomous shipping

Research and innovation bring the possibility of autonomy closer to realization and subsequently unmanned transports are about to enter the shipping industry. However there are some liability issues that need to be resolved.

New cooperation to explore autonomous ferry operations

Rolls-Royce and Finferries will develop strategies and solutions to improve safety and efficiency of marine operations by developing the technology for decision supporting systems and to demonstrate remote and autonomous ferry operations. The collaboration will consider a new research project, called Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation.

Saildrones receive funding to enhance operations

Saildrone received $60 million in Series B funding to improve its global fleet of wind-powered ocean sailing drones. “Saildrones” aim to provide high-resolution ocean data and monitor the state of the planet in real time. They are designed for long range long duration ocean data collection missions of up to 12 months.

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