Unmanned 'ghost' ships could set sail as early as 2020

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Automation seems to be the future, with top tech firms racing to dominate drone delivery by land, sea and air. In an article for The Conversation, Christian Matthews, head of maritime technology at Liverpool John Moores University, explains the challenges ahead. Norway-based Yara has revealed its plans to develop the world's first all-electric and autonomous container ship that is predicted to remove 747 tons (678 tonnes) of carbon dioxide from the air by reducing diesel-powered truck haulage by 40,000 journeys a year 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. The fully battery-powered vessel will be loaded and unloaded automatically using electric cranes.


Ship Operators Explore Autonomous Sailing

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"All hands on deck" may become a thing of the past. Ship designers, their operators and regulators are gearing up for a future in which cargo vessels sail the oceans with minimal or even no crew. Ship operators believe more automation will enable them to optimize ship use, including cutting fuel consumption. "The benefit of automation is as an enabler of further efficiency across the 630 vessels we operate," said Palle Laursen, head of Maersk Line Ship Management, a unit of cargo-ship giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk AMKBY 0.00 % A/S. British engine maker Rolls-Royce Holdings RYCEY 3.08 % PLC is leading the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications initiative involving other companies and universities.


Rolls Royce reveals remote controlled 'roboship' with augmented reality central control deck hundreds of miles away could take to the sea in 2020

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It is the future of shipping - and there's not a single sailor on board. Rolls Royce has revealed planed for fleets of'drone ships' to ferry carry around the world - all controlled from a central'holodeck'. It believes an entirely unmanned ship could take to the seas by 2020. Rolls Royce said it has already begun testing the technology needed to make the ships a reality, and expected them to take to the sea by the end of the decade. Cameras would beam 360-degree views from the drone ship back to operators based in a virtual bridge.


Rolls Royce reveals remote controlled 'roboship'

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It is the future of shipping - and there's not a single sailor on board. Rolls Royce has revealed planed for fleets of'drone ships' to ferry carry around the world - all controlled from a central'holodeck'. It believes an entirely unmanned ship could take to the seas by 2020. Rolls Royce said it has already begun testing the technology needed to make the ships a reality, and expected them to take to the sea by the end of the decade. Cameras would beam 360-degree views from the drone ship back to operators based in a virtual bridge.


Autonomous Ships? Container Ship Companies Are Betting Big On Autonomy Digital Trends

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The cylindrical vessel sports a futuristic design like a surfaced submarine, it's sleek hull sculpted to slice through waves with ease. But step on board and things are out of the ordinary. The living quarters have been removed. Cars may dominate today's discussion about the future of autonomous transportation but some of the world's largest maritime companies are betting big on autonomous shipping. Within the next decade, driverless ships like the one just described could be hauling cargo around the world.