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By Mr. Dana A. Goward, president of the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation.

A year-long study sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) says that the United Kingdom (UK) should create a “hybrid system” of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) capability to ensure uninterrupted maritime commerce and protect its critical infrastructure. The 1,174 page report concludes that a combination of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), eLoran, and the short range R-mode VDES, is needed for maritime navigation. These would also benefit other critical national infrastructures. It also recommends local positioning systems such as LOCATA for port operations.

The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries has announced the launch of a joint working group to develop self-driving ships by 2025. The project has been given a budget of KRW 160 billion (132m USD).

Wärtsilä has joined the Mayflower Autonomous ship project, providing its high-speed, high-resolution FMCW K-Band radar (24GHz) designed to provide high levels of situational awareness in densely populated marine environments.

DP World, UAE Region, and the autonomous vehicle, robotics and AI specialist DGWorld have entered a contractual agreement to equip Jebel Ali Port with a fleet of Autonomous Internal Terminal Vehicles (AITVs), including all related integrations in the existing operation processes and infrastructures.

An autonomous drone inspection has successfully taken place onboard a 19.4 metre high oil tank onboard a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel.

A project to demonstrate how autonomous ships and automation in ports can make waterborne transport more flexible and reduce environmental impact has received EUR 7.5 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

Marine robotics company, Sonardyne International. has demonstrated technologies that will aid autonomous vehicle operations in challenging environments under a project funded by the UK’s national Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).

ClassNK has granted an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and MTI for their joint project on the concept design of an autonomous ship framework (APExS).

 

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CGI visualisation of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship at sea, with the wingsail and the solar panels propelling the ship visible. Image courtesy of IBM. 

Provider of Satellite AIS data services, exactEarth, has joined an international effort to build an unmanned, fully autonomous transatlantic research vessel that is set to launch on the fourth centenary of the original Mayflower voyage. exactEarth joins an illustrious international project team led by ProMare and its technology partner, IBM.

F Drones apr 29

 

F-drones has completed the first commercial Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) drone delivery in Singapore on 19 April 2020.

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