Rolls-Royce demonstrates world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel

Rolls-Royce and global towage operator Svitzer have successfully demonstrated the world’s first remotely operated commercial vessel in Copenhagen harbour, Denmark. Earlier this year, one of Svitzer´s tugs, the 28m long Svitzer Hermod, safely conducted a number of remotely controlled manoeuvres. From the quay side in Copenhagen harbour the vessel’s captain, stationed at the vessel’s remote…

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…

Sea-trials proposal for unmanned marine craft

Developing offshore technologies to test prototype vehicles The importance of unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to navies and global maritime industries, including companies involved in offshore oil exploration and production, has become evident in recent years. With continuous advancements in UUV technologies, remotely-controlled and autonomous subsea vessels are now proving their capabilities and demonstrating their potential…

Are Unmanned Vessels the Future for the Ocean?

The time is now ripe for a fundamental change in shipping,” says Oskar Levander. From his base at the Norwegian seaport city of Alesund, the vice president for the marine technical wing of British manufacturer Rolls-Royce is talking about the future of the $450 billion global shipping industry. And in his view, the future is…