World’s first autonomous shipping company launched in Norway

April 5, 2018 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on World’s first autonomous shipping company launched in Norway

Two Norwegian shipping giants, Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg, have joined together to create what they’ve described as the world’s first autonomous shipping company. “As a world-leading maritime nation, Norway has taken a position at the forefront in developing autonomous ships,” Wilhelmsen CEO Thomas Wilhelmsen told the Maritime Journal . “Through the creation of the new company named Massterly, we take the next step on this journey by establishing infrastructure and services to design and operate vessels, as well as advanced logistics solutions associated with maritime autonomous operations.” The corporate collaboration, which brings a combined 360 years of experience to the shipping game, promises affordable prices through automated efficiency. “Massterly will reduce costs at all levels and be applicable to all companies that have a transport need,” said Wilhelmsen. Kongsberg is set to provide its technological expertise while Wilhelmsen will offer its logistics and ship management operations experience.  The autonomous ships will be monitored and modified at control centers, which will be established on land. Related: Waymo adds 20,000 Jaguar electric SUVs to its self-driving car service Norway has led the way in autonomous ship technology, particularly since the launch of the Yara Birkeland. The electric ship  began its first journey in May 2017 and will become fully autonomous by 2020. In the meantime, it will host an on-board crew, then be remotely operated. The ship cost about $25 million to build, and its first shipping mission cost almost three times as much as a traditional ship; however, it is projected to save up to 90% in annual operating costs of labor and fuel. The Yara Birkeland was created through a collaboration between agricultural firm Yara International and Kongsberg. The companies plan to roll out larger, more robust autonomous ships once regulations are in place. Globally, the job impacts of autonomous ships are expected to be far less extensive than those of autonomous trucks . Via Maritime Journal  and Fortune Images via Kongsberg

Here is the original: 
World’s first autonomous shipping company launched in Norway

Unmanned solar-powered Mayflower research ship will cross the Atlantic in 2020

August 19, 2015 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Unmanned solar-powered Mayflower research ship will cross the Atlantic in 2020

There won’t be any pilgrims aboard the Mayflower when it sails across the Atlantic in 2020. In fact, there won’t be anyone aboard the ship, as this research vessel will be entirely unmanned . The wind- and solar-powered Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MARS) will sail itself from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts on the 400th anniversary of the original ship’s journey to the new world. Unlike its namesake, this ship will have no crew at all. Read the rest of Unmanned solar-powered Mayflower research ship will cross the Atlantic in 2020

See the original post:
Unmanned solar-powered Mayflower research ship will cross the Atlantic in 2020

Bad Behavior has blocked 1024 access attempts in the last 7 days.