First autonomous emission container ship. Recently, Kongsberg Maritime from Norway announced the beginning of work on the world’s first automated cargo ship commissioned by THE Yara Porsgrunn Corporation. The vessel will be used for automatic transportation of the company’s products. Such a ship almost does not require a team, and it can be safely called the world’s first unmanned robot ship.
Automatic controls will be integrated into all systems of the new vessel, including electric drive, batteries, navigation and traffic control systems. Commissioning is planned in 2018. The first stage of testing will take place under the control of a small crew.in 2019, the ship will begin transportation in semi-automatic mode, and starting from 2020, the ship will start to go completely without a crew. The floating robot vessel, according to the company’s plans, will carry out cargo transportation equivalent to 40,000 cargo vehicles, which will significantly relieve the load on highways. One of the main programs that the future vessel will operate under is AUTOSEA. It includes a lot of sensors and SOFTWARE to ensure safety and prevent collisions of vessels on the water.
First autonomous emission container ship
At the moment, only a few companies in the world are engaged in developments in the field of automated Maritime transport. In addition to Kongsberg Maritime, it is worth noting the well-known concern Rolls-Royce, which received a research grant from the Tekes Agency this year. As part of the project, Rolls-Royce is to develop an infrastructure of ground-based ship control centers and an artificial intelligence-based system for controlling and directly automatically controlling robot ships.