Yes indeed, what is happening next?
To a degree that will depend on whether this is first call of an autonomous ship in Houston, or even in the US.
If it is, there will probably be a fleet of small boats filled with protester waiting, claiming that this foreign contraption should be banned from entering US waters.
Why? Because it is not an American vessel and therefore must be inferior and dangerous. Could there be a bomb onboard, or maybe the ship is carrying illegal immigrants from Norway looking for a better life in America?
Other, more level headed people, will want to know WHY it is not an American ship and who's to blame for the US not being in the forefront of Marine Technology.
If we are looking at what will happen when these ships are common and arrival at any port is routine, the answer may be like this;
At an agreed point some distance from the sea buoy, monitoring and control of the ship is taken over by local VTS, or by the Pilot Authority's Control Centre.
The ship continues autonomously,but supervised by ONE dedicated person, still unmanned and unaided by tugs to the berthing location, where a Pilot on the wharf may supervise the berthing operation visually,or may even take charge by portable remote joy stick and control panel.
Once alongside the required number of pneumatic mooring arms connect themselves to the hull.
A side door opens and a gangway is deployed, all by remote control.
The "shore gang" now have safe access to the vessel to perform whatever repairs and maintenance required.
Since there are no crew, no need for Quarantine, Immigration or Customs to board and no worries about crew jumping ship etc.
is this possible with today's technology, or an idiotic pipe dream by some dumb Norwegians, Finns, Germans, Dutch and even some Swiss from some of the largest and most advanced European Companies and Universities??
Who knows? Maybe it is all a hoax to get Government grants, or to tricking Americans into believing that it is possible for foreigners to develop such things.
Maybe the computers of some American shipyards, Naval Architects and Marine Technology firms have been hacked and it is all stolen American technology?
We shall see in a few years, when the first autonomous ship is in operation in Scandinavia.