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Autonomous marine navigation start-up Orca AI has raised $13 million in Series A funding, taking its total raised to over $15.5 million to support the company’s investment in technology, international expansion and growth.  

ClassNK has begun joint investigative research with Sompo Japan Insurance on risk assessment of autonomous ships.

Maritime training expert SeaBot XR is teaming up with the UK’s Royal Navy, and other stakeholders, to identify the necessary skills and competencies for the emerging Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (MASS) sector. 

SeaBot XR has joined Fugro and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as founding members of MASSPeople, the network set to shape the future of training for remote and autonomous shipping.

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics has entered a strategic alliance with Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands to incorporate the company’s autonomous and wireless-helm systems as standard features in Damen’s global vessel build catalogue. This partnership increases the accessibility of Sea Machines systems in marine and maritime markets and further propels Sea Machines into mainstream use aboard commercial vessels.

Researchers at UAntwerp and the Port of Antwerp are testing how 3D sonar sensors can be used to improve awareness of a ship’s surroundings for autonomous shipping.

Maritime leaders from Brazil have joined together to create a cluster that will develop artificial intelligence for the maritime sector and autonomous ships.

Swedish ship propulsion optimisation experts, Lean Marine are leading a ground-breaking research and development project to accelerate the technological development, realisation, and adoption of AI-powered ship operation support technology by ship crew and management.

e5 Lab has successfully completed a large-scale proof of concept (PoC) testing on the “ROBOSHIP Joint Value Creation Project” in waters off Toyosu, Tokyo.

Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:43

BMT to enhance autonomous operations planning

BMT has won the first ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme challenge, which will see the consultancy firm collaborate with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to develop an alpha product for the autonomous shipping sector.

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