Fully-Autonomous Ferry Demonstrated in Northern Europe

The autonomous operation of the ferry Falco comes after another ferry, named Folgefonn, was successfully tested in Norway.  Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have successfully demonstrated what they claim to be world’s first fully autonomous ferry on a short route near Turku, Finland. During the trials, the Finferries ferry Falco used … [Read more...]

Visiting Three Ports, Ferry Successfully Completes Fully Autonomous Test in Norway

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä says it has successfully tested the fully autonomous operation of a ferry on a route in Norway in what is believed to be the first ever attempt at fully automated dock-to-dock operation for a vessel of this size. The test of Wärtsilä's autonomous shipping technology was conducted utilizing the 85-meter ferry Folgefonn and in the presence of … [Read more...]

The Port of Rotterdam Authority Testing Autonomous Navigation in Port

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a partnership agreement with an artificial intelligence software startup to help develop autonomous navigation within the port. The Port of Rotterdam Authority says it has is not a question of if, but when autonomous navigation will be introduced. So in order to prepare for this shift, it has converted a patrol vessel into a … [Read more...]

MOL Tests AI Watch Keeping System on Ferry in Seto Inland Sea

Japanese shipping group MOL has tested an artificial intelligence (A.I.) system aimed at improving safe watch keeping on board a ferry operating in one of Japan's busiest waterways. The test of the so-called Intelligence Awareness System was conducted in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Marine using the Sunflower car and passenger ferry. The ferry, which is operated by Ferry … [Read more...]

New Report Explores Human Impact of Autonomous Ships

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has released a report on the human impact of autonomous ships in what it describes as a major piece of research. For the report, IMarEST’s Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships Special Interest Group (MASS-SIG)) sought to gauge the potential impact of self-governing ships and plot out a new course for the … [Read more...]