Tag: Autonomous Shipping

Digital tools for performance optimisation: a ship operator’s perspective
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Digital tools for performance optimisation: a ship operator’s perspective

The shipping industry is transitioning to a more digitalised and connected way of operating, finding new tools and technologies to improve safety and operational efficiency. VPO Global spoke with one ship operator, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) about the company’s approach to safety and environmental responsibility. The word ‘efficiency’ is regularly heard in the shipping industry...

MacGregor to deliver automated mooring system for Yara Birkeland
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MacGregor to deliver automated mooring system for Yara Birkeland

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, and Kongsberg Maritime have entered into an agreement that will see MacGregor deliver an automated mooring system for the world’s first autonomous container ship, the Yara Birkeland. MacGregor’s automated mooring system will enable the fully electric zero emission Yara Birkeland to carry out mooring operations without human intervention. The order was...

Ocean-going autonomous navigation system to be developed under industry MoU
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Ocean-going autonomous navigation system to be developed under industry MoU

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICT company ST Engineering Electronics (STEE), and Mitsui & Co. (Mitsui) to develop an ocean-going autonomous navigation system for the ‘World’s Largest Ocean-Going Autonomous Vessel Programme’, an initiative funded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The partners will collaborate on the ‘Development...

Autonomous shipping momentum heads towards One Sea
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Autonomous shipping momentum heads towards One Sea

Joined up thinking on technology standards and shipping rules critical if autonomous shipping is to prove seaworthy says Päivi Haikkola, One Sea Ecosystem Lead. A series of vessel trials in Finnish waters at the turn of the year highlighted significant progress from some of the industry’s leading ship technology companies in converting abstract ideas on...

Yanmar develops auto-navigation robotic boat
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Yanmar develops auto-navigation robotic boat

Yanmar and JAMSTEC are developing technologies for robotic boats and auto-docking that are expected to be used for maritime surveys and dangerous water operations. The Robotic Boat demonstration vehicle developed by Yanmar uses Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) for a compact, low cost manufacturing process. The FRP design also provides additional stability, allowing the vessel to right...

VARD chooses PG Flow Solutions for Yara Birkeland
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VARD chooses PG Flow Solutions for Yara Birkeland

Norwegian shipyard VARD has contracted PG Flow Solutions to supply the engine room pump system to the world’s first autonomous and electric container vessel, the Yara Birkeland. The NOK 250 million vessel will be installed with a complete engine room pump system with coolers for the vessel’s battery pack and tunnel thrusters, bilge pumps, ballast...

Tallink Grupp vessel joins research project for autonomous ships
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Tallink Grupp vessel joins research project for autonomous ships

Tallink Grupp is teaming up with maritime start-up Fleetrange and researchers from the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and Aalto University to test techniques for autonomous navigation. Sensors will be installed on Tallink Grupp’s Megastar and data will be collected from visual images, environmental sound recordings, RADAR and LiDAR ranging, satellite navigation, and vessel transponders. The...

Remotely-operated ferry completes voyage in Helsinki
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Remotely-operated ferry completes voyage in Helsinki

Ice-class passenger ferry Suomenlinna II has completed a remote pilot test near Helsinki harbour using ABB’s new dynamic positioning system, ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control. The Suomenlinna II, operated by the Helsinki Region Transport Authority was controlled remotely by Captain Heinonen from a control centre in Helsinki. The captain wirelessly operated the vessel through a...

Finferries and Rolls-Royce complete autonomous ferry voyage
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Finferries and Rolls-Royce complete autonomous ferry voyage

Rolls-Royce and Finnish ferry operator Finferries have demonstrated full autonomous operation of a ferry in the archipelago south Turku, Finland. The car ferry Falco used a combination of Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence technologies to successfully navigate autonomously during its voyage between Parainen and Nauvo. The return journey was conducted under remote control. Using sensor fusion and...

Norwegian ferry completes autonomous voyage
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Norwegian ferry completes autonomous voyage

A Norled-owned ferry has completed a fully autonomous voyage using Wärtsilä’s automated dock-to-dock solution. The Folgefonn sailed between three ports, without any human intervention. To begin the voyage, the operator selected the next destination berth and set the system to ‘Sail’. This authorises the autonomous controller to take control of the vessel. The ferry left...

UK Shipping Technology Sector to be worth £13bn by 2030
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UK Shipping Technology Sector to be worth £13bn by 2030

A new report commissioned by UK venture fund and think-tank PUBLIC estimates that the UK maritime technology sector’s annual turnover will grow to £12.8 billion by 2030. The current annual turnover is £4 billion. PUBLIC estimates the growth will be fuelled largely by digitalisation of the industry, with technologies such as big data, blockchain, and...

The human impact on autonomous ships
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The human impact on autonomous ships

Autonomous technologies could create a competitive advantage for shipping companies, but adoption will vary significantly between market segments. This was the conclusion from a major piece of research carried out by the IMarEST Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships Special Interest Group (MASS-SIG). The research looked at the potential impact of self-governing ships and how this might...