Future of ships


Here is a couple of videos explaining the function of the Perfect Ship developed to fill the gap before hydrogen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vM2HkJkv-5s

And here is a DNV-GL video about use of Big Data in shipping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X88M-HiJsvI




Anyother article on autonomous container ship of the future: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608066/shipping-giants-are-looking-to-self-piloting-boats-to-shift-cargo/
I don’t know if the time line here is realistic though.


Great thread guys, I have been reading through as many of these comments as possible. This is a huge concern for us and our landing craft business. I will keep reading more of the information in these links too.


Here is some predictions on the maritime “fuel” of the future: https://knect365.com/techandcomms/article/ad2c7853-2d17-4d19-b6ac-e3104187c528/what-fuel-will-the-shipping-industry-use-in-2050
There is no consensus among the experts, except that traditional fossil fuels will stay with us for a long time to come.

I believe LNG will be the dominant fuel for long range shipping in the not too far future, while hydrogen will replace it in the long run.

For short sea shipping some form of battery power, in a hybrid version with LNG will be he initial winner where cheap renewable energy is available, while hydrogen fuel cells will soon be a competitor.

Wind power will not be only, or main source of power, but is likely to be supplementary power source on certain vessel types of the future.

PS> Using wind generated electricity as power source for Hydrogen production is already under way in France: http://sysla.no/gronn/nel-med-ny-avtale-verdt-minst-450-millioner/
The same technology could be used any place where excess of renewable energy is available, like here in Norway, with excess of hydro power and wind power potential.


The “Yara Birkeland” has featured several times on gCaptain Newsletter, latest 2 days ago: http://gcaptain.com/the-electric-driverless-revolution-is-about-to-hit-the-high-seas/

To my surprise this vessel will not be RRM design. Marine Teknikk has been appointed to be the designer of this prestigious and revolutionary project according to this TU article: https://www.tu.no/artikler/marin-teknikk-skal-designe-verdens-forste-autonome-nullutslipps-containerskip/395902

This small design company has been behind many successful vessel designs for the Offshore industry but they have also designed Wind farm Support Vessels,Fishing vessels, Expedition Yachts and a Diamond Mining Vessel for DeBear in Namibia: http://www.marinteknikk.no/


LRS is joining the fun with their own set of rules for unmanned ships.
Here from gCaptain Newsletter today: http://gcaptain.com/lloyds-register-announces-new-code-to-certify-unmanned-ships/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Gcaptain+(gCaptain.com)

But is DNV-GL ahead of the game with their cooperation with RRM, NTNU, NMD and the approved test site in Trondheimsfjorden: http://www.maritime-executive.com/features/unmanned-ships-on-the-horizon


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Here is some predictions on the maritime “fuel” of the future: https://knect365.com/techandcomms/article/ad2c7853-2d17-4d19-b6ac-e3104187c528/what-fuel-will-the-shipping-industry-use-in-2050
There is no consensus among the experts, except that traditional fossil fuels will stay with us for a long time to come.[/quote]

Could LPG also be an alternative fuel for ships?
Some appears to thinks so: http://splash247.com/statoil-astomos-studying-potential-lpg-marine-fuel/


If we could some how harness all the hot air eminating from the hole in your face we could diversify into autonomous blimps.


I heard the ozzies have said there wont be any mgo in the field where the shell prelude is going


It isc happening in Copenhagen. Harbour tug being remotely operated from the office: http://sysla.no/maritim/slik-satt-kapteinen-pa-land-og-forte-baten-havn/


IMO will have to step up a gear to be on top of what is happening in the world of autonomous ships: http://fairplay.ihs.com/safety-regulation/article/4288086/industry-can-no-longer-ignore-autonomous-ships-says-uk-imo-rep


A word of warning to Shipping re: hackers and “pirates”: http://sysla.no/maritim/advarer-shippingnaeringen-mot-digitale-pirater/?utm_source=pushvarsel
Right up the line of Earl’s warnings in this thread.


More on the testing of remote controlled tug Svitzer Hermod, the Yara Birkeland, the proposed OSV Hronn, on the development of rules and generally the progress for autonomous ships: http://fairplay.ihs.com/safety-regulation/article/4288286/era-of-automated-ships-moves-a-step-closer

Most mariners don’t like to hear about this, but for those who see a future in shipping, it is imperative to keep on top of this development and prepare themselves for the jobs of the future.

For us old farts, we can just keep on as before and complain about the whole thing, or kid ourselves that “it will never happen, at least in our lifetime”.
That depends on how long you are planning to live I presume.


Back to the future: http://splash247.com/timbercoast-low-impact-sailing-alternative/


More organizations wants to have a word on autonomous ships of the future: http://www.motorship.com/news101/regulation-and-classification/msc-addresses-autonomous-vessel-operations


Thanks for posting this article. I found it interesting. Ultimately it’s going to be the IMO, who decides on the fate of autonomous shipping. I imagine and hope that they generally follow the same footsteps as the ICAO for aircraft. I would love some of the advanced tech to make its way onto bridges, but you can’t cut out the crewing element of probably 90+ percent of ships.

My strongest argument against it is: how does an autonomous vessel fulfil its responsibility to respond to distress at sea?


The vessel has no responsibility, the legal and moral responsibility lies with the master. Since an autonomous ship is umanned then what is already a very weak collection of law and treaties will become even less effective.

Some of the lawsuits based on failure to assist make for fascinating reading.


This is true, I’ve always seen it as a Moral and Proffesional obligation, though not neccisarily a legal one.


Yes it is primarily a moral obligation which has been brought down among seafarers for generations. The legal obligation is more circumspect and both are not always followed.

In 1979 I was Captain on a Drillship operating in the South China Sea, when the big exodus from Southern Vietnam happened. It was estimated that 40,000 people was afloat in the area in the period between the monsoons.

We were sitting on 8 anchors in the shipping lane in the disputed zone between Indonesia and Vietnam and unable to avoid the refugee boats, while watching ships of all nationalities giving them a wide berth around us.
During a single hitch in June-July 1979 we picked up abt. 2,200 people from boats that came for us like flies to a lump of dung, while other vessels were avoiding them like pests.

Both the Operator and the Indonesia authorities instructed me to not do so, but I insisted on following the time honoured maritime tradition of assisting people in distress, even if it was self-inflicted. (They axed holes in the boat when they got close)