The application of new information technologies, digitalisation and automation may rapidly change the way maritime transport works and operates. Development towards fully or partly autonomous ships will pose both opportunities and challenges for the sector in terms of safety, security, sustainability, existing legal frameworks, and operations – in line with the Commission’s twin core objectives – digitalisation and sustainability!

  • October 15, 2021

Autonomous Boat Longest-Mission Record on Bio-Fuel

Today, Nellie Bly, the first tug-boat which is both autonomous and sustainable successfully accomplished a 1,000 – nautical mile trip thus setting a world record for the longest autonomous mission at sea. The test must…
  • August 28, 2021

World’s First Zero-emmissions Autonomous Ship

The Norwegian company Yara Birkeland has created and built what it calls the world’s first zero-emissions, autonomous cargo ship. The first autonomous ferry was launched in Finland in 2018, but with this container ship Yara Birkeland…
  • May 25, 2021

The Autonomous Guard Vessel

The offshore structures must be protected in all times, nevertheless guard boats’ crews fatigue during the watch. Considering that watch-guard issue an Autonomous Guard Vessel (AGV) model was recently developed in partnership between four Dutch…
  • May 17, 2021

Autonomous shipping new regulations

MARLab project delivered its final report on the regulatory impediments on autonomous ship in British seas experimental travel . This report was prepared from MARLab’s and Maritime Future Technologies team. Analysts prediction is for autonomous…
  • May 11, 2021

Wave Glider is the new Energy Harvesting Ocean Robot

The ocean is full of power and information. The Wave Glider is designed to capture both. With the latest advancements in energy harvesting and propulsion, combined a payload and sensor architecture, the Wave Glider is…
  • March 10, 2021

Maritime Autonomous Ships and Shipping

Background The fast-changing and rapid uptake of technologies enabling autonomous surface ships testing and operations demands an updated role not only for any operator but also for Vessel Traffic Services, including vessel traffic monitoring, management,…