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  1. Mass Bay Harbor Safety Annual Meeting, panel discussion 2018
  2. Articles and Papers about Robotic & Autonomous Shipping (arranged by date)
  3. Resources (arranged alphabetically)

Panel discussion at the 2018 Annual Meeting

At the 2018 Mass Bay Harbor Safety Committee Annual Meeting

a panel discussion was held on future technologies including robotic & autonomous shipping. 

This NEW page will be a repository of information gleaned from the

internet about this exciting new technology.


Guest Speakers at the meeting (moderated by Mr Harlan Doliner, Chair @ Maritime Group at Verrill Dana LLP) included:

Ravi Paintal - Autonomous Marine Systems

Michael Sacarny - MIT Sea Grant AUV Lab

Rhonda Moniz - Hydroid

Dan Bookham - Allen Insurance & Finanacial

Roger Race - Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

Lt Commander Travis Noyes - US CG Headquarters, Office of Maritime & International Law


Articles and Papers about Robotic & Autonomous Shipping (arranged by date)

Metal Shark and ASV Global Introduce Sharktech Autonomous Vessels 6/12/18 - Business Wire

Captain Demos Remote-Controlled Tugboat from 700 miles away 6/27/18 - gCaptain

IMO discussions on autonomous ships: the takeaways 6/15/18 - Marinelog

IMO agrees on autonomous surface ship definition 5/25/18 - Marinelog

This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Ocean 5/17/18 - Hellenic Shipping News

Rolls-Royce and AXA Partner on Risk Management Products (insurance) for Autonomous Shipping 5/14/18 - gCaptain

Survey finds 85% see autonomous shipping as a threat to safety at sea 5/9/18 - Seatrade Maritime News

A Commercial reality check for autonomous shipping in 2018 5/6/18 - Seatrade Maritime News

Autonomous vessels a 'huge opportunity' for shortsea shipping 4/30/18 - Seatrade Maritime News

East Boston-based startup to put sensor tech on Maersk ship 4/30/18 - Boston Business Journal

Easie company helps boats, ships self-navigate 4/30/18 - Boston Herald

Wartsila successfully tests ferry autodocking system 4/27/18 MarineLog

Singapore conference - looking to the future with investments in technology 4/26/18 - Seatrade Maritime News

Maersk to Test AI-Powered Situational Awareness System Aboard a Containership 4/25/18 - gCaptain

Autonomous Boats Will Be On the Market Sooner Than Self-Driving Cars 4/18/18 - Motherboard

Fjord1 orders Rolls-Royce Autocrossing system for more ferries 4/17/18 - Marinelog

Port of Felixstowe takes delivery of first two remote control ship-to-shore gantry cranes 4/12/18 -  Seatrade Maritime News

Nippon Foundation looks to funding autonomous ship research, raising public awareness 4/12/18 - Seatrade Maritime News

Ready or not, AI (artificial intelligence) as augmenter, disruptor of container shipping is coming 4/10/18 - Seatrade Maritime News

Kongsberg & Wilhelmsen Launch Autonomous-Shipping JV 4/3/18 - Maritime Executive

Autonomous Ships Can Use COLREGs Effectively 3/21/18 - Maritime Executive

UK issues Code of Practice for Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships 3/7/18 - Maritime Cyprus

A commercial reality check for autonomous shipping in 2018 3/6/18 - Seatrade Maritime News

China is building the world's largest facility for robot ship research 2/20/18 - Popular Science

This self-driving ship could be the future of military warfare 2/16/18 - CNBC

DARPA Sea Hunter, Worlds Largest Autonomous Ship Transferred to US Navy 2/12/18 - Composites Manufacturing

Robert Allan &  Kongsberg Maritime to Develop Remotely-operated Fireboats for Ports 2/6/18- Kongsberg

Sea Hunter ship could revolutionize US Navy Operations 2/5/18 - Fox News

Sea Hunter Prototype Transitions to Office of Naval Research 1/30/18 - DARPA

Rolls-Royce opens autonomous ship research and development centre in Finland 1/25/18 - Rolls-Royce

Unmanned Ships: Complexity in Jurisdictions 1/15/18 - Maritime Executive

Rolls-Royce mulls selling its commercial marine business 1/18/18 - Maritime News

IMO undertakes regulatory scoping exercise on autonomous ships 10/10/17 - Hellenic Shipping News

Ghost Ships 10/4/17 - CB Insights/Research Briefs

Google & Rolls-Royce Partner on Autonomous Ships 10/3/17 - Maritime Executive

Rolls-Royce Robot Ships 9/22/17 - Popular Science

Rolls-Royce Autonomous Shipping 9/13/17 - the Verge

Who is Leading the Autonomous Ship Race? 8/25/17 - Port Technology

Japanese shipping line to launch unmanned container ships 8/25/17 - Telegraph

This Robot Ship Experiment Could Disrupt the Global Shipping Industry 8/23/17 - Bloomberg

Worlds First Autonomous Ship to Launch in 2018 7/22/17 - Fortune

IMO to establish legal framework for safe operation of autonomous vessels 6/20/17 - American Shipper

A decade to autonomous cargo ships? 7/9/17 - Ship Technology

IMO to test safety of autonomous ships 7/7/17 - Marinemec

IMO Adds Autonomous Ships to its Agenda 6/16/17 - World Maritime News

Shipping Giants Are Looking to Self-Piloting Boats to Shift Cargo 6/9/17 MIT Technology Review 

Japan aims to launch self-piloting ships by 2025 6/8/17 - Nikkei Asian Review

Unmanned cargo ships: the future method of transporting goods 3/7/17 - Hellenic Shipping News

Autonomous tugs: A feature of the Future? 2/14/17 - Port Technology

Autonomous tugs will become a reality 2/8/2017 - Marine Electronics & Communications

Robot ships and unmanned autonomous boats 9/12/16 - Engineering & Technology

Vigilant Class Independent Unmanned Surface Vessel 9/9/15 - Maritime Cyprus

Are Unmanned Vessels the Future for the Ocean? 7/11/14 - Maritime Cyprus

Resources (arranged alphabetically)

Autonomous Ships - Danish Maritime Authority

Autonomous Ship Technology - Symposium in 2018

Danish Maritime Authority - Pre-Analysis on autonomous ships

Existing conventions and unmanned ships - need for changes?

Kongsberg Autonomous Ships & Vehicle News

The legal challenges of unmanned vessels (a thesis)

Liability of Autonomous Ship: The Scandinavian perspective (a thesis)

Maritime Unmanned Navigation

One Sea

Rolls-Royce Autonomous Ship - Whitepaper

Sea Machines Autonomous Control 

Towards Unmanned Ships (a presentation by Volker Bertram)

World Maritime News - Autonomous Ships