Kongsberg Maritime, a technology group, led a successful demonstration of remote-controlled and autonomous technologies on board a cargo ship to supply fish feed to offshore fish farms along the Norwegian coast. Built in 2013, the Eidsvaag Pioneer, performed one of the most complex autonomous sea voyages undertaken covering 160 nautical miles from Norwegian port Averøy to a marine fish farm and back. The ship undocked autonomously, navigated out to sea, traversed a route between islands while avoiding other ships, and docked automatically, whilst throughout the process, a captain and an engineer remotely monitored and steered the ship.
The demonstration, part of the AUTOSHIP project under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program, aims to accelerate the transition to greener and safer maritime transport by advancing key technologies related to fully autonomous navigation systems, intelligent machine systems, and communication technology with robust cybersecurity. The project aims to increase safety and efficiency in shipping as well as reduce ships’ environmental impact. The demonstration featured automatic undocking, situational awareness system, autonomous navigation system, intelligent machine system, connectivity, and cybersecurity system from Kongsberg, in collaboration with SINTEF, Norway’s research organisation, and the University of Strathclyde in the UK.
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