Future of ships


Here is some good news for those who have been worried that technology and autonomy will do away with jobs for seafarers:




Are we getting close faster than anybody thought (or wished) possible?:


if you leave AI to make a decision it will just be an average of the data collected, its just statistics.
Will never beat a human, who can think.
saying that, never gets tired


Never daydreaming, get preoccupied on Facebook and not suffering from fatigue.
80 - 90% of accidents at sea is contributed to human error.


thats true and %99.99 for aircraft in the last 20 years


The first experience with Stena’s hybrid battery powered ferry is positive:


The Chinese are taking up competition with Europe on developing wind power for ships:

Norsepower and Skysail have tested their systems for a few years now, but it doesn’t harm with some fresh eyes and ideas from other sources.


Not exactly of ocean crossing size, but it is another step in the development of autonomous ships of the future:


If you look at the numbers, autonomous vehicles are saving lives. Period. Sure there are some issues, like what you mention, that are good arguments for how these technologies may fail, in particular instances. Though we can predict and manage these issues.

The larger dilemmas come when we program risk reward software into these ships. How much data do we give the computer. Do we allow the computer to browse the internet on its own. Do we calculate all lives the same, or do we weight life based on X criteria.

For your example, technology is finding bodies at sea much more effectively than the human eye. We can program the ship to not sail on if it finds “a bit of jetsam” if we think it is beneficial to do so.


More proposals for wind driven/assisted ships in the offering:


The UK Gov. put some money into autonomous ship development:


Emission free Car Carrier of the future has been presented by NYK:


Good article on regulatory issues with autonomous vehicles, much of which is applicable to truly autonomous (i.e., not remote controlled) ships:

Regulating Autonomy




Kongsberg select battery supplier for Yara Birkeland:


Leclanché – that’s a famous name in battery chemistry. Georges Leclanché in 1866 invented the cell that’s the basis of the zinc-carbon and alkaline dry cells used today.


An article in Fairplay today:

Here is an excerpt from the article:


Another contribution to the discussion about autonomous ships and shipping:


The biggest hurdle to overcome is what do we do with vessels that are at present burning HFO. We don’t know yet if low sulphur fuels from different suppliers will Perform the same. Scrubbers, separators are manual labour intensive. Changing fuels is hands on and changing parameters to use a new source of bunkers mid ocean after receiving a fuel analysis report would be from what I have read to be beyond automation.
I think that it will a long time before we see the autonomous ULCC or Cape size bulk carrier.


Yes indeed, making a conventional ship with a large diesel engine burning HFO autonomous would be fairly difficult. But that is not likely to happen.

For commercial ships it is already starting with small units, such as ferries and coasters on short routes. These are initially going to be battery powered and operate in coastal waters only.

Most like this will develop into larger ships with fuel cells using hydrogen produced from hydro power and/or excess power from wind farms and large solar cell arrays and other renewable sources.

When will ULCCs (If they still exists) be crossing oceans autonomously??
I doubt that you and I will get to see it, so don’t worry about it.