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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.

MSC 99 begins with scoping exercise on autonomous ships

The 99th session of IMO’s MSC has begun with discussions on how to proceed with a regulatory scoping exercise on autonomous vessels. MSC 99 is expected to touch on an extensive range of issues, including the human element, safety, security and protection of the marine environment, for different levels of autonomy.

New agreement eyes risk management products for autonomous ships

Rolls-Royce and French insurer AXA Corporate Solutions have signed a Letter of Intent to explore ways to bring a new offering to the marine market, utilising Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence systems and equipment and AXA’s risk analytics capabilities. The products will be addressed to current sailing and future autonomous vessels.

DMA awaits for autonomous ships discussion in MSC 99

On May 16, the IMO will start is efforts on regulation of autonomous ships with a meeting in the Maritime Safety Committee. The Danish Maritime Authority noted that the global industry needs international regulation to facilitate the use of autonomous ships, and it is looking forward to discussing the way forward within the IMO.

Radar agreement signed to ensure navigational safety in Norway

Kongsberg Norcontrol signed an agreement with the Norwegian Coastal Administration for delivery, operations and maintenance of radars to the maritime traffic service. The agreement has a potential total value of up to NOK 250 million and a duration of up to eleven years. The agreement enables the technical extension of the maritime traffic service area’s service areas in the following years,


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