These pages will provide briefing on projects related to autonomous ships that NFAS members participate in. This applies to both completed and ongoing projects.
ASTAT will examine possibilities for operating small and battery powered unmanned ship in the Trondheimsfjord area. This will mainly be as replacement for today's truck transport. The project will develop a high level design of teh ship and supporting equipment ashore. The design will in principle cover both bulk and break bulk transports. Kick-off was in May 2017 and the project will run for two years. More information at astat.autonomous-ship.org.
The vessel Yara Birkeland will be the world's first fully electric and autonomous container ship, with zero emissions. With this vessel, Yara will reduce diesel-powered truck haulage by 40,000 journeys a year. Operation is planned to start in the latter half of 2018, shipping products from Yara's Porsgrunn production plant to Brevik and Larvik in Norway. Birkeland will initially operate as a manned vessel, moving to remoteYara operation in 2019 and expected to be capable of performing fully autonomous operations from 2020. The new zero-emission vessel will be a game-changer for global maritime transport contributing to meet the UN sustainability goals. More information can be found at Yara's web pages.
Through an agreement between national authorities and the industry and research organizations in the Trondheim region, a partnership has been established to develop Trondheimsfjorden into a test area for autonomous vessels. The agreement was signed aboard the research vessel Gunnerus 30th September 2016. The purpose of the agreement is to facilitate the testing of fully or partly unmanned vessels and to exchange experience and data to facilitate the development and use of such vehicles. More information in English can be found, among other sites, on the Maritime Administration's web site.
In May 2017, the port authorities in the Grenland area applied for test-area status. This area has much more traffic than Trondheim and will in particular be useful to test more developed concepts in heavy traffic environments. The area also includes an VTS which will further add to the usefulness as a test-area. There is also significant maritime industry and research going on in the area and they will get test facilities much closer to home.
NTNU AMOS is a centre of excellence which is led by the NTNU in Trondheim. It has a wide range of partners, many members also of NFAS, and is supported by the Norwegian Research Council. AMOS stands for "Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems". Here, the future technology is developed while new researchers get their specialization in the subject. AMOS covers all forms of autonomy, on land, in the air, at sea and under the sea. More information is available at the NTNU web pages.
MUNIN was an EU project that ran from summer 2012 to summer 2015. The purpose was to do a concept study for a completely unmanned Handymax bulk carrier. The project came right at the start of the great interest that autonomous ship later created, and has published a number of articles and open reports. MARINTEK (now SINTEF Ocean) was technical coordinator of MUNIN. More information is available at http://www.unmanned-ship.org/munin/.
The AAWA project was started by Rolls Royce to develop specifications and possible designs for the next generation completely or partially autonomous ships. A press release from Rolls Royce can be found here along with links to a "white paper" and illustrations.
AUTOSEA is a collaboration between NTNU, Kongsberg Maritime, DNV GL and Maritime Robotics to develop technology and knowledge for automated situational awareness for ships. The purpose is as much to improve sensors and decision support aboard conventional ships as to develop new systems for autonomous vessel. Description of the concept can be found on Kongsberg's web-pages and at NTNU.
NAVTOR is the only Norwegian industrial partner in the ENABLE*3 project and is owner of the maritime demonstrator. This demonstrator will explore new, advanced simulation and testing opportunities in the maritime industry through close dialogue and cooperation with partners from the automotive industry in Europe. Methods, processes, references and virtual test benches utilized in the automotive industry are to be adapted to the maritime sector, and the results will be demonstrated and evaluated. Focus will be on knowledge transfer from especially the automotive industry: Early, systematic simulation, testing and validation. This also means looking at the possibility of new types of approval procedures for navigation systems based on scenario simulation adapted from the automotive industry. More information can be found on http://www.enable-s3.eu/
Last updated 2017-06-05 by Ø.J.Rødseth @ SINTEF Ocean