Business of Shipping: Risks and Challenges of Autonomous Shipping

The Business of Shipping is new column from Ira Breskin, senior lecturer at SUNY Maritime College in the Bronx, NY and author of The Business of Shipping (9th edition), North America’s most comprehensive industry-focused book explaining and analyzing marine transportation and related industries, both domestic and international. By Ira Breskin - Uptake of fully … [Read more...]

Sea Machines Raises $10 Million to Further Advance Autonomous Tech in Shipping

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics has closed a $10 million Series A investment which will help the company further develop autonomous technology for use aboard ships.. The investment marks one of the largest venture rounds for a marine- and maritime-focused technology company and brings the total capital Sea Machines has raised to $12.5M. Sea Machines will use the funds … [Read more...]

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...]