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Insurers Considerations for Autonomous Ships

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.

Data platform for autonomous ships calls companies for trials

As autonomous operations are increasing following the rapid developments in the shipping industry, the UK Maritime CoastGuard Agency (MCA) discusses of a team launching a data platform helping work being done in autonomous vessel development, which looks for more companies and organisations to come forward and test it. 

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.

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.

EU will finance autonomous shipping for European waters

The European Commission announced its plan on financing autonomous shipping in European waters. AUTOSHIP will construct and operate two remote and autonomous vessels and the required shore control and operation infrastructure, reaching and going over TRL7. 

Robotic arm for autonomous marine operations

Marine-i, the EU funded program set up to boost marine innovation in Cornwall, awarded Submarine Technology Ltd (STL), a specialist marine technology company, with a grant to proceed with the construction of a futuristic robotic arm. The arm is a ship-based multi-axis robotic arm for autonomous operations.

AI and automation to boost seafarers’ job

Artificial intelligence and automation will improve the human’s place in the near future. Mainly, Jeremy Bogaisky, Deputy Editor at Forbes, quotes that autonomous and remote-control shipping is sure to decrease cost of consumer goods and enhance safety for passenger ferries and cruise liners.

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