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Autonomous vessel projects (MASS overview)

Autonomous vessel projects (MASS overview)

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The appendix reviews the different types of maritime autonomous surface ship (MASS) projects currently taking place around the world and draws out some of the implications of the deployment of autonomous vessels for port services. Autonomous vessels can generally be divided into two distinct categories; remote ships, which are operated by remote-control means, and automated ships, structured with built-in cutting edge command and control (C2) systems on-board, which operate the ship with minimal or no human intervention. These vessels, which are equipped with self-steering systems and sensors for surface object detection and which are thus able to avoid collisions, will start a new era in maritime transportation.

Chapter Contents:

  • C.1 Introduction
  • C.2 MASS projects addressing the different segments of the global fleet
  • C.2.1 The maritime unmanned navigation through intelligence in networks (MUNIN)
  • C.2.2 The ReVolt
  • C.2.3 The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA)
  • C.2.4 The YARA Birkeland
  • C.2.5 The cyber-enabled ship project
  • C.2.6 The autonomous marine operations and systems (AMOS)
  • C.3 Constraints related to the deployment and commercialization of MASS
  • C.3.1 Cybersecurity
  • C.3.2 Communications
  • C.3.3 Testing premises
  • C.3.4 Shore control centres
  • C.3.5 Port safety and security
  • C.3.6 Statutory instruments adaptation
  • C.3.7 VTS interaction
  • C.3.8 Dedicated separation channels
  • C.3.9 Meteorological platform
  • C.3.10 Digital platform
  • C.3.11 Automatic berthing
  • C.3.12 Automated cranes
  • C.3.13 Loading/unloading infrastructure
  • C.3.14 Cargo transfer automation
  • C.3.15 Recharging stations
  • C.4 Links to main existing and ongoing projects
  • References
  • Further reading

Inspec keywords: ships; sensors; collision avoidance; telerobotics; steering systems; unmanned surface vehicles; command and control systems

Other keywords: collision avoidance; surface object detection; maritime transportation; remote control; on-board command and control systems; MASS projects; port services; automated ships; self-steering systems; remote ships; sensors; maritime autonomous surface ship projects; autonomous vessel projects

Subjects: Spatial variables control; Telerobotics; Mobile robots; Marine system control; Transducers and sensing devices

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