In an effort to adapt the latest current maritime technologies, US Coast Guard completed a 30-day demonstration and evaluation of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) off Oahu, Hawaii.
In today’s smart environment, e-navigation remains a controversial subject of discussion, with some supporting that its aim is to assist operations, while others believe that seafarers may find it difficult to trust an autonomous system.
Following the developments in automation, Ocean Infinity announced that it signed a contract for eight 78-metre, optionally crewed robotic vessels to be added at its Armada fleet. It is stated that the new vessels will be controlled by people onshore and will initially only utilise a skeleton crew onboard. In addition, they will be capable of working with no personnel offshore whilst also consuming solely renewable fuel such as ammonia.
European researchers are taking part in a project designing ships with varying degrees of autonomy, in efforts to improve trade and moving of goods in Europe, which has been facing barriers due to labour shortages.
Tokyo-based shipping consortium and its partners launched a proof of concept test to demonstrate remote control and collision avoidance algorithms on actual vessels as part of its ROBOSHIP project.
BIMCO adapts the SHIPMAN 2009 agreement for use with autonomous ships. Yet, it is highlighted that the lack of actual autonomous ships currently in operation will mean ongoing adjustments as the industry forges ahead with its pioneering projects.
Major shipping players developed a roadmap for the development of smart and autonomous sea transport systems. The roadmap is one result of the MoU signed between SINTEF Ocean and TCOMS in June 2019.
Samsung Heavy Industries announced that it has succeeded in remotely and autonomously operating a 38 meters ship, weighing 300 tons, near the Geoje Shipyard.
40 Japanese shipping companies aim to have remote-control vessels ply Japanese waters by 2025, This is the potential result of a project under the auspices of the nonprofit Nippon Foundation.
Airdrivers Ltd, a company based in London focusing on autonomous mobility, explained how AI-enabled atonomy will ensure that autonomous vehicles can operate seamlessly without disruption in ports facilities.
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