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Autonomous tug to operate in Port of Singapore from late 2020

Zurich-based technology company ABB announced the signing of a contract with Singaporean shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine to jointly develop an autonomous tug to operate from 2020. Upon project completion, the vessel is anticipated to be South Asia’s first autonomous tug.

IBM joins Mayflower Autonomous ship project

IBM joined today a global alliance, led by marine research organization ProMare, which is developing an unmanned, fully-autonomous ship that will sail in a 12-day voyage through the Atlantic in September 2020, powered by wind and solar energy. 

One Sea: Leading the way to autonomous shipping

Autonomous shipping is making headlines in recent years for its promising potential advantages in the complex maritime environment. A Finnish collaboration, established in 2016, seeks to pave the way for autonomous shipping as early as 2025, validating Nordic countries as the front-runners in the field of automation. 

European Project to create smart navigation systems

The research project Prepare Ships, led by RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, will develop a navigation system that foresees the positions of other ships through machine learning. This limits the risk of collisions and enables more efficient navigation. The project has recently received funding through the ‘European GNSS Agency’, GSA.

US ships can access navigation publications electronically

The US Coast Guard announced the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-16 Change 2, “Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps and Publications,” along with a Deregulatory Savings Analysis.

MARLab presents autonomous vessels during LISW

People from the Maritime Autonomy Regulation Lab, which was initially developed to understand how the Maritime & Coastguard Agency will regulate autonomous surface ships and support the wider UK industry, are now exploring how regulations will keep up with the new technologies.

Watch: MIT to develop ‘shapeshifting’ robotic boats

MIT’s fleet of robotic boats has been updated with new capabilities to “shapeshift,” by autonomously disconnecting and reassembling into a variety of configurations, to form floating structures in Amsterdam’s many canals. The autonomous boats are being developed as part of the ongoing “Roboat” project between MIT and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions.

Watch: Port of Hamburg uses ASVs for hydrography

The Port of Hamburg is currently testing the use of Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), which can offer a number of advantages for hydrography. ASVs support the conventional sounding work of surveying vessels and can reach areas difficult to access.


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