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