NYK aims for remote-controlled transpacific voyage by 2019

Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) is looking to test run a remote-controlled containership transit across the Pacific in 2019, according to Bloomberg.

NYK has teamed up with a number of Japanese manufacturers as it looks to take the lead in autonomous ship technology. Last year it tied up with radar manufacturer Furuno, and communication equipment makers Japan Radio Co and Tokyo Keiki Inc to study autonomous shipping.

The Japanese government is actively supporting NYK – and other local lines – in their pursuit of autonomous ships. In a white paper published in June, the government stated it wants to have the requisite technology for autonomous ships onboard 250 vessels by 2025.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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