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.

Current test areas in Denmark

The Danish Maritime Authority experiences great interest for test activities several places in the country. The majority of the projects are, for the moment, in a development phase.

  • See examples of test activities in Denmark


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



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