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.
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.
DNV GL introduced a new chapter to its world leading rules for ship classification: Digital Features. Specifically, the chapter was launched with three new notations (D-INF, DDV, REW), as will enter into force on January 1st 2021.
North Club launched its Route Risk Advice tool, an interactive geographical route planning solution which will help users understand the hazards of a voyage.
As October is annually recognized as Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), during a digital discussion, the International Maritime Organization highlighted the importance of digitalization in the shipping industry, explaining its role through an animation.
South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine has signed a MoU with compatriot shipbuilding giant Samsung Heavy on smart ship technology. Under the MoU, the two companies will collaborate in the research, development and innovation in the field of smart ship solutions.
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