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Autonomous functions not in line with today’s safety regulations

The shipping industry is based on a number of safety regulations, ensuring safety at sea with regards to the construction, equipment and seaworthiness of ships to the Flag States. Yet, autonomous functions used onboard a vessel performing duties that would be normally conducted by a person will be in conflict with the regulations.

MASS concept: A first step toward autonomous operations in shipping 

In the ongoing battle of improving, the shipping industry has made the greatest ally; Digitalization. The smart era has already been useful for the sector, while the advancement in the maritime industry has called for the development of autonomous ships, presenting the motion of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS).  

Automation vs autonomy in shipping: Key differences

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?

Wartsila delivers new simulation technology for autonomous vessels

In the last quarter of 2019, Wärtsilä signed a contract with Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) in Finland for the delivery of navigation simulator and specific mathematical models, what are called to be used as an ”essential enabler” for testing  autonomous vessels.

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