Boston-based Sea Machines says it has raised $15 million in funding with significant participation from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), America’s leading military shipbuilder. Founded in 2015, Sea Machines has become the United States' leading company in autonomous ship technology and currently provides commercial, recreational and government customers across the world … [Read more...]
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Development of the world’s first fully autonomous containership has been put on hold indefinitely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2017, Norwegian fertilizer producer Yara teamed up with maritime technology company Kongsberg to develop the first fully autonomous and zero-emission containership. The 120 TEU ship, named Yara Birkeland, was planned cut emissions and reduce road … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
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...]