Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

 

Rolls-Royce recently announced that they’ve been working on autonomous and remote-controlled shipping technologies that could lead to unmanned cargo ships by 2020.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

 

In a white paper (pdf) presented by the Rolls-Royce-led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications initiative (AAWA) at the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam,

Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine, speaking at the conference said: “Autonomous shipping is the future of the maritime industry. As disruptive as the smart phone, the smart ship will revolutionize the landscape of ship design and operations.”

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

 

The crew-less ships would be operated remotely via manned onshore computer control centers, which allows for trackable, real-time monitoring of vessels worldwide. One onshore operator could conceivably control a fleet of ships from a central command console.

Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce

 

Ship design would also change. Crew-less ships would eliminate the need to build crew quarters or decks on board, even lifeboats would become unnecessary – which in turn would increase cargo capacity. Read more from the press release here…

 

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

 

 

 

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