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BOURBON joins unmanned ship project

The unmanned concept vessel Hrönn The unmanned concept vessel Hrönn

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.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}BOURBON will lend its vessel building and operating expertise to the development and design of the vessel Hrönn, and will also join forces with ASL in the project’s second phase to raise financing for construction of the prototype.

Hrönn is a light-duty, offshore utility ship expected to service the offshore energy, hydrographic & scientific and offshore fish-farming industries. Automated Ships Ltd has progressed from the original catamaran design envisaged at the project launch on 1st November 2016, opting instead for a monohulled vessel of steel construction, to provide more payload capacity and greater flexibility in operations.

BOURBON’s entry into the Hrönn project follows the recent news that it has joined forces with Kongsberg to create joint projects to develop digital solutions for connected and autonomous vessels.

Kongsberg will deliver all major marine equipment necessary for the design, construction and operation of Hrönn, including all systems for dynamic positioning and navigation, satellite and position referencing, marine automation and communication.

Its vessel control systems, including dynamic positioning, ECDIS and Radar, will be replicated at an Onshore Control Centre, allowing full remote operations of Hrönn.

Hrönn’s sea trials will take place in Norway’s officially designated automated vessel test bed in the Trondheim fjord and will be observed by both DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) with the goal of ultimately having the vessel classed and flagged.

“In this era of digitalisation of industrial services, we are pleased to join this forward-looking project thus demonstrating the positioning of BOURBON as a world reference in terms of operational excellence and customer experience,” said Gael Bodénès, chief operating officer, BOURBON.{/mprestriction}

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