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LR in agreement to develop world’s largest autonomous ship

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has joined with ST Engineering Electronics, Mitsui & Co., and Smart City Solutions to develop the world’s largest autonomous vessels.

The partners companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Singapore on Wednesday to co-operate on the ‘Development of Ocean-going Autonomous Navigation System on a Marine Asset’. The MoU forms the foundation of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) funded ‘World’s Largest Ocean-Going Autonomous Vessel Programme’.

“LR’s involvement in this project builds on the capability and experience already gained from our partnership in other industry-leading and world first autonomous projects,” said Andy McKeran, LR commercial director Marine & Offshore.

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“However, this project, a world first for the deployment of autonomous navigational technology to an ocean-going vessel for commercial operations, pushes the boundaries of autonomous technology and moves the industry towards deployment of autonomous navigation systems onboard vessels for enhanced performance and critically, safety.”

The development of autonomous shipping has raised concerns over seafarers jobs, but McKaren commented: “Autonomous systems will also provide opportunities for skilled seafarers to focus on what they do best, and the safe and sustainable integration of autonomous systems relies on the appropriate engagement with seafaring professionals.”

Posted 11 April 2019

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Editor, Seatrade Maritime News Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and round tables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.

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