Amid Trade War, Busiest U.S. Port Readies for Robots

By Romy Varghese (Bloomberg) -- Pier 400 in Los Angeles is North America’s largest shipping terminal. More than 1,700 trucks pass through, on average per day, even in the middle of the U.S.-China trade war. All that cargo translates into thousands of miles driven within the facility each day, mostly by diesel vehicles, spewing pollutants. For APM Terminals, the part of … [Read more...]

Deep Trekker Inc. launches DT Revolution at the world’s largest unmanned systems tradeshow, AUVSI 2019

Press Release - Today, Deep Trekker Inc., is showcasing its latest line of underwater robots at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 – the largest tradeshow for unmanned and autonomous systems across the commercial and defense industries. The Deep Trekker line up delivers the all new Revolution remotely operated vehicle – making its debut in North America. Engineered with carbon fiber and … [Read more...]

Seven Green Technologies Helping Shipping Clean Up Its Act

By Kyunghee Park and Jason Clenfield (Bloomberg) -- Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime Organization … [Read more...]

Robot Boats Propel One of China’s Hottest Startups

By Blake Schmidt (Bloomberg) -- In the vast, freezing Ross Sea, China’s “Snow Dragon” icebreaker needed to find a safe anchorage before it could begin its mission to set up China’s fifth Antarctic research station. The solution was to deploy one of Zhang Yunfei’s freezer-tested boat drones to map the ocean floor. For Zhang, it was the latest in a string of government … [Read more...]

In U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Robots and Drones Take on Dangerous Offshore Oil and Gas Work

By Liz Hampton HOUSTON, May 3 (Reuters) - At BP's massive Thunder Horse oil platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, a dog-sized robot called Maggie uses magnetic tracks to creep along pipes connecting the giant oil facility to the sea floor. Before MaggHD, dubbed "Maggie" by BP, the dangerous inspection job was reserved for highly paid specialist technicians who did their jobs … [Read more...]