Kongsberg Maritime is to bring technologies developed for autonomous vessel operation to its Integrated Bridge System (IBS) equipment, introducing a new integrated technology platform designed to support situational awareness through the process of Sensor Fusion, where traditional navigation sensors such as radar and sonar are combined with cameras and lasers.
YARA reports that it has signed a deal with shipyard VARD worth approximately NOK 250 million (US$30 million) to build the autonomous container vessel Yara Birkeland, scheduled to be delivered for launch in early 2020.
Kongsberg has agreed a £500 million deal to acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine, buying the marine products, systems and aftermarket services operations put up for sale by Rolls-Royce after the UK company conducted a strategic review of its business at the beginning of the year and decided to narrow its focus to concentrate on the aerospace, defence and power systems markets.
Wilhelmsen and Kongsberg have collaborated in the creation of a new joint venture called Massterly, which they describe as the “world's first autonomous shipping company.”
Vancouver-based naval architects and marine engineers Robert Allan Ltd are working with Kongsberg Maritime to develop a new remotely-operated fireboat to be used to respond to dangerous port fires.
Bourbon and Bureau Veritas have signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deploy a range of real time fleet monitoring applications and other digital technologies, while also looking for ways to mitigate cyber risks as the fleet becomes increasingly connected.
An official autonomous shipping test-bed has opened in Horten, on the coast of Norway, to support the growth in development of new systems for autonomous maritime operations. The new area is open to both Norwegian and international companies to trial new technology and vessels.
Testing has commenced on a 2.4-ton scale model of an autonomous container vessel in Norway, with the country’s government affirming its support for the project by making a NOK 133 million (approximately $16.5 million) financial contribution to its further development.
Kongsberg has signed a Research & Innovation (R&I) contract with the PILOT-E programme for the development of zero emission, full-electric, autonomous ferry concepts in line with Norway’s integrated zero emissions national transportation plan.
BOURBON has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Automated Ships Ltd (ASL) to support the construction of the world’s first autonomous prototype vessel for offshore operations.
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