Ship Automation Without Consultation – The Problem With Robot Ships

By Capt. George H Livingstone, “Promise Everything, Deliver Nothing” Napoleon Bonaparte There is an ongoing “full court press” regarding the subject of automation in marine transportation.  In the last year gCaptain alone has seen many articles on the subject; Rolls-Royce’s automated ships, automated tug boats, etc.  Recently there have seen several more, … [Read more...]


By Captain George Livingstone I remember an American cartoon from childhood, “The Jetson’s”, I still remember the intro song (“Meet George Jetson, his boy Elroy, Daughter Judy, Jane his wife”).  The Jetson’s lived in “Orbit City’”, a push button, automated, space age world. It never occurred to me that before my days were over we would see some of that world. Well … [Read more...]

Not If, But When – Training For New Threats on Automated Sea

[su_pullquote] Long gone are the days of eye patches and peg legs. Long gone are the days of sail, grappling hooks, and one shot pistols. Long gone are the days, fearing names such as Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, and Bartholomew Roberts...[/su_pullquote] By Owen Palmiotti (Coeval, Inc.) Now we fear not individuals, but malicious programs and programmers are creating viruses, … [Read more...]