Acknowledging how Asia has stolen Europe’s shipbuilding business, the European Commission yesterday vowed to fund two autonomous shipping projects. Dubbed Autoship, the autonomous projects include work started by Rolls Royce and Kongsberg.
Autoship will build and operate two remote and autonomous vessels and the required shore control and operation infrastructure. Testing will take place during two pilot demonstration campaigns addressing goods mobility from the Baltic Corridor to a major EU seaport and hinterland.
The technology package will include full-autonomous navigation, self-diagnostic, prognostics and operation scheduling, as well as communication technology enabling a prominent level of cyber security and integrating the vessels into upgraded e-infrastructure. In parallel, digital tools and methodologies for design, simulation and cost analysis will be developed for the whole community of autonomous ships.