Future of ships


With the USA trying to onboard more manufacturing and robots doing away with cheap labour the transport will become a major expense in manufacturing as it does when the price of oil skyrockets


Will Wartsila buy RR marine??


One of the possibilities, with Aker Solution and Kongsberg Group also mentioned.
There are rumours that the Chinese are lurking in the wings.
Let us just hope it doesn’t go to some hedge fund or stripping artists from Wall Street or the City.


The break through of electric ferries are now a reality in Norway and other electric vessels are coming around the world:


“I would like to see unmanned flotillas operating in the western Pacific and the Persian Gulf within five years," said former Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work.

Gee, I feel safer already!


Does that mean they will transfer the confusion from the bridge to a control room in Arizona, or somewhere?


Yes. And it also means us 'Mericans beat everybody to the automated ship dealio.


what about the “Tesla Ship” project? is this for real?https://electrek.co/2018/01/12/large-tesla-ships-all-electric-barges/


China is really getting in on the act, with some big actors in play:

Don’t know if the X-Bow indicate that Ulstein will be involved.


So Maersk is not interested in developing autonomous mega container ship, at least not in the foreseeable future:

I tend to agree. We are not going to see that type and size of autonomous ships for a long time to come. To get the rules changed and the economical advantage to kick in for large ships will take years.

But that the first Autonomous ferries, coasters and short sea ships are likely to be around already early next decade, with the first autonomous ocean crossings to follow in the next one, is a near certainty.