Focus on autonomous ships

​Facts about autonomous ships

Autonomous ships are generally not the same as unmanned ships.

The term covers ships that are equipped with technologies which can make the navigation safer, more reliable and optimise logistics, operations etc.

New technologies on ships have been known for decades, but because of a global focus on digitalisation with great data volumes and speeds as never seen in history before, the development is strong and advanced technologies are lining up.


In November 2017, Copenhagen hosted an international conference “Zooming in on autonomous ships”. Below, you can find presentations from the conference and a movie.

Moderator David Loosley CEO IMarEST

◦Keynote welcome & address  – digitalisation issues “Blue Denmark” & internationally
Director General Andreas Nordseth, Danish Maritime Authority

◦Keynote address - an industry perspective – digitalisation and autonomous ships
CEO Henriette H. Thygesen, Svitzer A/S

◦Keynote address EU – digitalisation and autonomous ships as seen by the EU Commission
◾Deputy Director-General Matthew Baldwin, DG MOVE, EU Commission  (N/A)

Keynote address by IMO Director – digitalisation and autonomous ships in the IMO
Captain Ashok Mahapatra, IMO Director, Maritime Safety Division

Keynote address Finland – digitalisation and autonomous ships as seen from Finland
Päivi Antikainen, Director Data Business Unit, Data Department, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications

Presentation of regulatory scoping project
Bjarke Holm Hansen, Attorney at CORE Law Firm & Søren Have, Managing Consultant, Ph.D, Rambøll Management Consulting

Rolls-Royce presentation of the SVITZER HERMOD project
Kevin Daffey, Director of Engineering and Technology, Marine , Rolls-Royce plc

Electronic lookout and human factors, a recently started comparative study
Prof. Dr. Mogens Blanke, Technical University of Denmark & Lead Psychologist, Thomas Koester, FORCE Technologies 

Autonomous ships – the system integrator's perspective
◾Jörgen Strandberg, General Manager, ANC Advanced Technology, Wärtsilä SAM Electronics (N/A)

Autonomous ships – the ship designer's perspective
Bjørn Moving, Naval Architecht, Odense Maritime Technology

Autonomous ships – the engine manufacturer's perspective
Audi Lucas, Chief Digital Officer MAN Diesel & Turbo

Svitzer's view on regulations and commercial aspects
Craig Carmody, Director Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Svitzer A/S



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