This tag covers autonomous shipping and technology, unmanned ships, and drones. 

Norwegian Autonomous Ship Project Secures Major Funding

The European Union has provided more than 20 million euros to a pioneering project in Norway to advance autonomous ship technology. The funding, one of the largest grants of its kind ever given in Norway, will help the project known as AUTOSHIP which seeks to demonstrate the use of two autonomous vessels in Europe’s short sea shipping and inland waterways sector. Led by … [Read more...]

Industry-First Wireless Helm System Approved for US-Flag ATBs

In what is said to be an industry first for wireless vessel control, Boston-based robotics company Sea Machines Robotics has received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping for the installation of wireless helm system for use on U.S.-flag tugboats. Sea Machines has announced its SM200 commercial wireless helm system was granted approval from the … [Read more...]

NYK Claims First Autonomous Ship Test Under New IMO Guidelines

Japanese shipping group NYK is claiming the world’s first trial of an autonomous ship following International Maritime Organization preliminary guidelines for autonomous surface ships. NYK says the trial was conducting using its 70,826 gross tonne pure car and truck carrier Iris Leader, which is operated by the group. During the trial, which took place from September … [Read more...]

Sea Machines and MARAD to Demonstrate Autonomous Tech in Oil-Spill Response Operations

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics says it has entered into cooperative agreement with the U.S. Maritime Administration to test the use of autonomous technology in marine oil-spill response operations. Under the agreement, Sea Machines will install its SM300 autonomous-command system aboard a Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC)-owned MARCO skimming vessel and execute a … [Read more...]

Unmanned 12-Meter Ship Aims to Be First to Cross Atlantic Without Crew

TOLLESBURY, England, May 21 (Reuters) - Final preparations are underway for a 12-meter-long ship to set sail from Canada and attempt the world's first transatlantic crossing without a crew. The USV Maxlimer, an unmanned surface vessel, is bound for the south coast of England and will conduct deep sea surveys on the way, guided by a skipper in a control station in … [Read more...]