First marine vehicle classed using ABS autonomous guide

First marine vehicle classed using ABS autonomous guide

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Saildrone Voyager, a 10-meter commercial uncrewed surface vehicle (USV), is the first autonomous asset built to ABS class using the ABS Requirements for Autonomous and Remote Control Functions. ABS presented the class certificate to Saildrone at its headquarters in Alameda, Calif. Voyager is a marine vehicle developed by Saildrone, a provider of ocean data for climate, mapping…
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Nichols Brothers to build autonomous ship

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…
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North Sea nations sign autonomous vessel agreement

North Sea nations sign autonomous vessel agreement

(KOSOR, Denmark) — The Danish Maritime Authority reports that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Kingdom and Belgium to improve collaboration in facilitating the increased use of digital technologies and autonomous systems on ships. The signatory nations have agreed to share knowledge regarding ongoing activities in these areas, with efforts to be made to involve…
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Crewless Mayflower completes trans-Atlantic voyage

Crewless Mayflower completes trans-Atlantic voyage

(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) — Following two years of design, construction and artificial intelligence (AI) model training, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) was officially launched in September 2020. On Sunday, MAS completed its historic trans-Atlantic voyage from Plymouth, United Kingdom, to North America, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia. With no human captain or onboard crew, MAS is the first self-directed autonomous…
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Survitec firefighting system ready for Yara Birkeland’s first laden voyage

Survitec firefighting system ready for Yara Birkeland’s first laden voyage

(LONDON) — Survitec’s advanced firefighting system and safety equipment aboard Yara Birkeland – the world’s first fully autonomous containership – have successfully completed their first annual service ahead of the 3,200-dwt ship’s first laden voyage. The zero-emission, fully electric Yara Birkeland is preparing to carry its first fertilizer cargo on the Heroya-Brevik route in early 2022. The groundbreaking vessel, which…
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