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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.

Abu Dhabi to develop world’s first autonomous tugboats

Abu Dhabi Ports along with the vessel engineer Robert Allan Ltd., shake their hands in order to develop the world’s first fully unmanned autonomous commercial marine tugboats. Specifically, the tugs are expected to join SAFEEN, Abu Dhabi Ports’ service arm, once completed. 

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.

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. 

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.

Norway sees zero-emission waterbus project

Norwegian university of science and technology (NTNU) launched a new firm, Zeabuz, to promote its newly developed autonomous waterbus concept for emission-free waterways transportation, in efforts of protecting the environment and following the path towards decarbonization.


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