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Automation and autonomy play a significant role in the shipping industry, paving the way for a more digitalized future and enabling the industry deal with its current smart challenges. Yet, there is confusion between those two terms; so what do we mean when we talk about automation and autonomy within the maritine industry?
The US Navy awarded contracts totaling $1 billion to over 40 organizations to support the Unmanned Surface Vehicle Family of Systems. The multiple award contracts (IDIQ-MACs) have a five-year base period and one five-year ordering period option.
During the 2020 SMART4SEA Athens Forum, John Southam, Loss Prevention Executive, The North of England P&I Association Limited, focused on the P&I perspective of autonomous ships and new technologies in general. As he explains, with the emergence of automation, new risks have been born as well, such as new definitions or new roles. Shipping should address these changes and adopt to the new situation.
The 2020 SMART4SEA Athens Forum was successfully concluded on Wednesday 29th of January 2020, at the Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, attracting 450 delegates from the global shipping industry. The experts shared their contributions on key smart shipping trends, including digital transformation and ship autonomy.
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