Legal briefing – Autonomous Shipping

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Autonomous shipping is looking ever more likely to be the future of the maritime industry. The use of robots in shipping is nevertheless not new. Robotics technology has been in use in underwater and surface settings for some time but the rapidly advancing technology towards crewless and remotely controlled vessels has fast-forwarded the need…

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Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (update) – UK Code of Practice

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Maritime UK has launched an updated version of the industry Code of Practice for autonomous vessels. The UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) published the first code of practice to global industry-wide acclaim in November 2017. Whilst not a legal text, the Code has been used by manufacturers, service providers, and others as…

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Remote controlled and autonomous ships

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Throughout history, ships have been operated by people. The number of people required for operating a ship has depended on the size, type and mission of the ship as well as the technologies utilized to carry out the various functions required to safely operate the ship for its intended purpose. Some of these functions, such as navigation and maneuvering, mooring and…

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A first for the port of Antwerp: innovative autonomous sounding boat with unique technology

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A smart port thanks to innovative technology: that’s what the port of Antwerp is fast becoming. Now a new milestone has been reached with the introduction of a fully automatic sounding boat that employs unique technology. The vessel, named the Echodrone, is a prototype that is currently being developed to supplement the other operational…

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UK issues Code of Practice for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The development of Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) has continued at a very significant pace over the last few years with more vessels entering operation all the time. They come in a variety of sizes and have a very diverse set of operational capabilities which all place their own unique demands on those who…

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Innovative technology: A pre-analysis on autonomous ships

This report is a pre-investigation, the purpose of which is to describe the potentials of autonomous ships, on the basis of international activities of direct relevance to the investigation. It briefly summarises how to define various levels of autonomy. From the lowest level with completely manual operation, where the navigating officer gets his information from…

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Innovative technology: Autonomous (unmanned) ship concepts

As part of a series looking into future trends and developments in shipping, Norwegian Hull Club has been identifying some new and interesting developments with automation and autonomous concept vessels. This first insight provides a round up of the current state of development and raises some questions on possible impacts such developments may have. The…

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IACS issues the annual review for 2018

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Throughout 2018, IACS spoke repeatedly and publicly about the winds of change – technical, regulatory and commercial – that are sweeping across the maritime industry. The implications of these seismic changes will be profound and require not only innovative and bespoke solutions, but the adaptation of existing processes and structures to enable member-led associations…

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