Nichols Brothers to build autonomous ship

(FREELAND, Wash.) — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders has been awarded a contract to construct the groundbreaking no manning required ship (NOMARS). This program aims to revolutionize naval operations by designing a ship that can operate autonomously for extended periods at sea without an onboard crew.

This project, awarded by Serco North America, represents an exceptional opportunity for Nichols Brothers to showcase the prowess of its skilled team and its commitment to pushing the boundaries of maritime innovation.

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“We are honored to be chosen by Serco North America, the prime contractor and designer of the vessel, to embark on this innovative journey,” said Gavin Higgins, CEO of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. “The NOMARS program envisions a future where maritime operations can benefit from enhanced efficiency and performance through autonomous technology. This initiative aligns with our dedication to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in boatbuilding. Our talented team of engineers, designers, and technicians is eager to demonstrate our expertise in developing cutting-edge vessels.”

– Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

By Professional Mariner Staff