Marine


Self driving cargo ship to sail Norwegian seas in 2018

Daily Mail

The vessel, developed by agriculture company Yara International ASA and high-technology systems firm Kongsberg Gruppen, will be loaded and unloaded automatically using electric cranes. Researchers have developed the world's first autonomous, zero-emissions cargo ship: The Yara Birkeland. Developed by agriculture company Yara International ASA and high-technology systems firm Kongsberg Gruppen, will be capable of autonomous mooring and route planning. Yara International and Kongsberg Gruppen aren't the only companies looking to develop autonomous ships - last year, Rolls Royce revealed plans to develop fleets of'drone ships,' with the first ships developed being ferries and then cargo ships to carry cargo around the world - all controlled from a central'holodeck'.


Norway Takes Lead in Race to Build Autonomous Cargo Ships

Wall Street Journal

Petter Ostbo, Yara's head of production who leads the project, said the company would look to invest in bigger ships and use them for longer routes once international regulations are in place for crewless vessels. The International Maritime Organization, which regulates maritime travel, doesn't expect legislation governing crewless ships to be in place before 2020. Shipping executives say autonomous vessels will be popular for short sea routes, but doubt they will replace oceangoing ships that move thousands of containers across continents with an average crew size of around 25. "When the bridge goes on land, it will be something like flying a drone from a command center," said Kongsberg's chief executive, Geir Haoy.


Norway Takes Lead in Race to Build Autonomous Cargo Ships

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Petter Ostbo, Yara's head of production who leads the project, said the company would look to invest in bigger ships and use them for longer routes once international regulations are in place for crewless vessels. The International Maritime Organization, which regulates maritime travel, doesn't expect legislation governing crewless ships to be in place before 2020. Shipping executives say autonomous vessels will be popular for short sea routes, but doubt they will replace oceangoing ships that move thousands of containers across continents with an average crew size of around 25. "When the bridge goes on land, it will be something like flying a drone from a command center," said Kongsberg's chief executive, Geir Haoy.


Japan to launch self-navigating cargo ships 'by 2025' - BBC News

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Japanese shipping companies are working with shipbuilders to develop self-piloting cargo ships. Shipping firms Mitsui OSK Lines and Nippon Yusen are working with shipbuilders including Japan Marine United to share both costs and expertise, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Nippon Yusen has already been working on technology to enable ships to use data to assess collision risks. In 2016, Rolls-Royce announced plans to develop unmanned cargo ships, starting with remote-controlled vessels that could be operational as soon as 2020.


Japan to operate self-navigating cargo ships soon

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The plan to have so-called "smart ships" moving around the world is being driven by a consortium of Japanese shipping companies who are working with shipbuilders to develop self-piloting cargo ships. At the heart of the ships will be a form of artificial intelligence. The idea is to reduce costs and to improve efficiency. From then on a human captain will be based on-shore, monitoring the progress of the boats as they navigate the world's marine trade routes.


Self-navigating cargo ships will use AI to plot their course

Engadget

Japanese shipping companies want to build self-navigating cargo ships. Japanese groups aren't the only ones working to create autonomous cargo ships. Last year, Rolls-Royce announced plans to develop remote-controlled ships that it hopes to have ready in the very near future. The developers hope to launch the Japanese smart ships by 2025, which is gearing up to be the year for self-navigating vehicles since Honda just announced that's also its goal for perfecting autonomous cars.


Japanese firms plan to launch self-driving cargo ships within decade

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Commercial drones and self-driving cars will soon be joined by fleets of autonomous cargo ships that navigate the world's oceans using artificial intelligence. Several shipbuilders and shipping firms in Japan have joined forces to develop remote-controlled cargo vessels that could be launched by 2025, according to the country's Nikkei business newspaper. The company said it envisaged a remote-controlled local vessel becoming operational by the end of the decade, and an autonomous, unmanned ocean-going vessel following in 2035. The European Union is also funding research into unmanned maritime navigation, while Norway plans to launch an autonomous and fully electric cargo ship next year that will carry fertilisers between three ports in the country's south.


Goodbye high seas, hello cubicle. Sailor -- the next desk job.

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These sailors will be seated in office buildings on land, hundreds of miles from their ship, which won't have any humans on board. Sailors, pilots and drivers are slowly shifting from the high seas, blue skies and open roads to staid office buildings where they monitor vessels from afar. Sea Machines CEO Michael Johnson said making harbor tugboats autonomous is the holy grail. Starsky Robotics, meanwhile, is on the forefront of making long-haul truck driving an office job.


China launches first unmanned cargo carrier on mission to space station

The Japan Times

BEIJING – China on Thursday launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft on a mission to dock with the country's space station, marking further progress in the ambitious Chinese space program. The Tianzhou 1 blasted off at 7:41 p.m. atop a latest-generation Long March 7 rocket from China's newest spacecraft launch site, Wenchang, in the southern island province of Hainan. It is programmed to conduct scientific experiments after reaching the now-crewless Tiangong 2, China's second space station. Since China conducted its first crewed space mission in 2003, it has staged a spacewalk and landed its Jade Rabbit rover on the moon.


The ROTOR ships set for a comeback

Daily Mail

Global shipping firm Maersk is planning to fit spinning'rotor sails' to one of its oil tankers as a way of reducing its fuel costs and carbon emissions The rotor sail was invented by German engineer Anton Flettner. Although it takes energy in the form of electricity to spin the sail, the thrust it produces means the engines can be significantly throttled back, so it reduces overall fuel use and emissions. Shipping is entering a brave new era with accelerating advances in big data, artificial intelligence, smart ships, robotics and automation. Shipping is entering a brave new era with accelerating advances in big data, artificial intelligence, smart ships, robotics and automation.