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Navigation, Autonomy & New Technologies

An autonomous ship model has been successfully tested in Aker Arctic’s ice model test laboratory in Finland, the company reports.
Rock Seven, a provider of Iridium-based satellite tracking systems, has partnered with California-based Blue Sky Network to support maritime sector growth for the US company’s satellite tracking and communication products.
RINA has released its ‘Guidelines for the certification of metallic products made by additive manufacturing’ for the marine Industry, to ensure that each step in the additive manufacturing process for items to be used in a maritime context is repeatable, documented and can be verified by a third party.
The Nautical Institute has insisted that all vessels, autonomous or not, should comply with the COLREGs, as the process to decide how to regulate unmanned systems begins at IMO.
BIMCO, Liberia, the Marshall Islands and Turkey have submitted a proposal requesting the IMO to push for greater harmonisation of data ahead of the April 2019 deadline when new mandatory requirements come into force for automated ship reporting.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service has partnered with Airbus to provide drone delivery of ship supplies at one of the world’s busiest ports.
Chevron Shipping Company (CSC) has agreed a new deal with C-MAP, which will see the C-MAP Integrated Maritime Suite (IMS) deployed on Chevron vessels to optimise operations.
Classification society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Concept Design of Automated Operation/Autonomous Operation of ships, to promote safety in the design of automated ship operation systems.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has confirmed that it has begun work to examine how the operation of autonomous ships could be addressed within IMO instruments.
Rolls-Royce and Finnish shipowner Finferries report that they have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop new decision support systems for marine operations, as well as agreeing to work together on demonstrations of remote and autonomous ferry technologies.
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