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Watch: IMO’s MSC 100 begins with a busy safety agenda

On the occasion of the opening of MSC 100, the IMO issued a short film reviewing its basic activities in the area of shipping safety. IMO’s MSC 100 started for its milestone 100th session on 3 December, with a busy agenda encompassing maritime autonomous surface ships, fatigue guidance for seafarers, polar shipping, goal-based standards and other agenda items.

Rolls-Royce, Finferries present world’s first fully autonomous ferry

Rolls-Royce announced that in collaboration with Finferries presented the world’s first fully remote and autonomous ferry. The ferry is part of the Project SVAN (Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation), which tests the findings from the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) research project.

New report focuses on training for autonomous ships operation

Maritime UK has launched an updated version of the industry Code of Practice for autonomous ships. The updated version adds new guidance on the operation of autonomous ships, with a particular focus on skills, training and vessel registration.

Next-gen autonomous survey vessels to be created

Technology concerning autonomous and unmanned vessels is under construction aiming to create the next generation of autonomous vessels for the commercial survey market. Partners signed a joint development agreement in order to create the future autonomous survey ships.

Partners consider the framework in autonomous shipping

Wilhelmsen Ship Management has signed two agreements that will establish the operational and regulatory framework in autonomous shipping. The first agreement is about the rise of a safety management system, which is called “safety management system agreement”. Whereas the second one focuses on the development of future competence, called “competence agreement”.

UK funds study on safe navigation of autonomous ships

UK government has funded a new study intended to identify future data requirements for autonomous shipping. Comprising partners as the UK Hydrographic Office, L3 ASV and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the study seeks to explore how navigational and wider geospatial data can be used to enable the safe navigation of smart and unmanned autonomous vessels.

US Navy asks industry’s input for the creation of unmanned ship

The US Navy is seeking maritime industry’s input as it proposed a medium unmanned surface vehicle. The objective of this input is to examine if the industry is able to provide a solution within a certain time frame at an affordable cost. The MUSV should be 12 meters to 50 meters long.

AUV built to detect oil spills

In September, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute demonstrated a new use for its long-range autonomous underwater vehicles, detecting and tracking oil spills. MBARI engineers outfitted an LRAUV with fluorometers that can detect oil in water and the simulated an oil spill using non-toxic, biodegradable dye.

ICS: Autonomous ships will create more jobs ashore for seafarers

ICS published a new study regarding the potential effects of autonomous ships on the role of seafarers and the global shipping industry. The study indicates that there will be no shortage of jobs for seafarers, especially officers, in the next two decades, while there will be more jobs ashore that require seafaring experience.

Rolls-Royce, Intel collaborate on autonomous ships safety

Rolls-Royce and Intel revealed plans for collaboration on designs for sophisticated intelligent shipping systems to make commercial shipping safer. With a focus on safety, new ships will have systems with the same technology found in smart cities, autonomous cars and drones.

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