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The impact of ship autonomy on IMO conventions

In September 2019, shipping experts from around the world gathered at the IMO headquarters to discuss how to proceed on the topic of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS), at the first Intersessional Working Group (WG) on MASS, IMarEST informed. 

UK MCA to test autonomous ships in Portland

The UK MCA chose UK’s Portland as a test site for a new online platform which will allow data sharing; In this way, MCA will be able to share data with additional organizations that will assist in the development and testing of MASS in UK waters.

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.

Awake.AI joins One Sea Alliance for a smarter shipping future

Awake.AI, a digital company, is the new addition into the ONE SEA alliance that unites global experts on autonomous ship technology, and hopes that its new members would bring different perspectives and insights to the One Sea ecosystem.

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. 

Watch: Autonomous navigation test carried out

NYK conducted, what it claims to be, the first autonomous navigation trial for a large commercial ship under the Interim Guidelines for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships by the IMO.

China readies first test base for unmanned ships

China has constructed the first test base for unmanned ships, which will start operations at the end of this year. The test base named Xiangshan Marine Scientific & Technological Port is located in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province. The test base will establish an innovation platform for the design, research and testing of unmanned marine systems and intelligent equipment.

Smart Watch – What will the ship of 2050 look like?

Several discussions see automation completely transforming the industry in the next 30 years, while others seem less convinced of a major reform. Our special ‘Smart Watch’ column is asking global experts to provide feedback on the following question: What will the ship of 2050 look like?


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