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EU grants $20 million for autonomous ships project

The European research program “Horizon 2020” funded 20.1 million euros to the Norwegian consortium led by Kongsberg and SINTEF, for its autonomous ships project, one of the largest grands the Norwegian players ever receive.

ClassNK launches guidelines for autonomous operations

ClassNK published guidelines concerning autonomous ships and operations aiming to improving safety by preventing human error and improving working conditions by reducing the work load on crew members, and demonstration experiments are being carried out on a global scale.

Japanese partners to study collision avoidance algorithms

Japanese shipping company MOL announced a joint study with three com-patriot partners on collision avoidance algorithms and autonomous collision avoidance. The study, to be named ‘Focus Brain’ is aspiring the development of Artificial Intelligence for autonomous navigation.

Year in Review: Timeline of smart shipping developments in 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, the time has come for an annual review concerning smart shipping. This year, the shipping industry continued facing and taking part in major technological developments, providing maritime stakeholders with opportunities to explore new opportunities in the smart era in the field of autonomous vessels, connectivity onboard and cyber security, spreading the digitalization message across the whole industry.

China successfully tests first autonomous cargo ship

China’s autonomous ship development succeeded its first ever trial voyage, when the country’s first autonomous cargo ship, Jin Dou Yun 0 Hao, completed its testing voyage in Zhuhai. The ship began its trial from Zhuhai’s Dong Ao island completed its voyage from the island to the No. 1 pier of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge successfully.

Autonomous vessels may impact P&I regulations, report states

Marsh JLT Specialty P&I launched a report analyzing the overall performance of P&I Clubs on a global scale and their role in the industry, yet, focusing on the future of autonomous vessels and how automation will impact the P&I industry.

SHI and SK Telecom test a 5G-powered ship

The Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in collaboration with the telecommunications operator SK Telecom (SKT) came together for the development and verification of a 5-G based autonomous and remote control navigation test platform, with the use of a test ship.

New joint research agreement for Condition-based Maintenance

Classification Society ClassNK has concluded a joint research agreement for developing advanced condition-based maintenance (CBM); a new maintenance and management system to be used for the machineries of autonomous ships, as well as to further establish a new classification survey scheme based on CBM.


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