• 2017 June 15 12:01

    IMO puts autonomous ships on the agenda

    Following an initiative by the Norwegian Maritime Authority, among others, the UN's maritime organisation IMO is now putting the issue of autonomous ships on the agenda.

    This emerged after MSC 98 (the 98th session of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee) considered a proposal from Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, UK and the United States.

    "This shows that Norway is at the forefront with regard to facilitating new technology. Although it is too early to say anything about IMO's conclusion, it is important that we are actively involved, which may also be significant for Norwegian innovation. The NMA's role in this context is primarily related to the legislation, and it is therefore positive that the IMO is now adding this to the agenda," says Director General of Shipping and Navigation, Olav Akselsen.

    The proposal to put autonomous ships on the agenda faced no opposition, which came as a surprise to many.

    "There was a surprisingly high level of support for starting the work on the regulation of autonomous ships, even from countries expected to be negative as they are major suppliers of seafarers," says Technical Director Lasse Karlsen in a statement from London. He has been a driving force behind having the issue placed on the agenda.

    According to plan, this issue will be discussed at the next meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 99), and then a plan will be drawn up for further consideration of the matter.

    Norway has already started up the first trials of autonomous ships, for instance through the approval of a test area in the Trondheimsfjord and through the establishment of the Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ship (NFAS). Senior Surveyor Svein David Medhaug heads the NMA's work on new autonomous technology.


2017 June 27

18:36 Hapag-Lloyd to implement new GRI for all dry, reefer, flat rack and open top containers from East Asia to US and Canada
18:06 JAXPORT Board of Directors unanimously approves start of Jacksonville Harbor Deepening
17:52 Vympel Shipyard launches fourth Grachonok-class boat of Project 21980
17:36 DNV GL updates the widely used recommended practice for free spanning pipelines
17:24 Vyborg Shipyard hosted meeting focused on localization of ship equipment production in the Russian Federation
17:06 DOF Subsea contract awards in the North Sea and in Canada
16:43 Panama Canal commemorates one-year anniversary of expanded Canal
16:40 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 11 mln t milestone this year (photo)
16:19 Wood Group secures FEED for Alexandroupolis LNG project in Northern Greece
16:12 Port of Helsinki publishes instructions for the safe LNG bunkering of ships
15:55 Insolvency administrator and representatives of Port Equipment LLC shut off from company assets at the port of Vyborg
15:47 Damen Multi-role Aviation Training Vessel arrives in home port of Sydney, Australia
14:44 Krylov State Research Center announces opening of its 40-MW electrical test unit on 28 June 2017
14:26 NYK selected for FTSE4Good Index for the 15th straight year
14:22 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves construction of utilities for sea terminal in Pionersky (Kaliningrad region)
14:03 Norway to implement maritime broadband communication on ships and planes in public service
13:47 Glosten completes design of 150-passenger hybrid electric ferry for Kitsap Transit
13:30 Wan Hai Lines enhances China - Southeast Asia service network
13:23 Goodman increases warehouse space at its logistics centre at the Port of Gdansk
13:17 DFDS Logistics uses biofuel for trucks in Gothenburg
12:58 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:07 RF Navy’s missile ships practiced interaction in the Baltic Sea
11:39 Arctic Economic Council welcomes Statoil as Northern Partner
11:15 NIBULON launches the last tugboat in a series of three vessels of Project 121M
10:48 Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine appoints new Head of USPA's Nikolaev branch
10:16 New Skangas Board member appointed
09:52 Brent Crude futures price up 0.28% to $46.17, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.23% to $43.48
09:35 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomed 19 cruise ships last week
09:13 Baltic Dry Index up to 884 points

2017 June 26

18:04 2 MOL-operated / managed vessels selected as 2016 'Best Quality Ships Award'
17:51 Gas from Lithuanian LNG terminal will be stored in the Latvian Inčukalns storage facility for the first time
17:34 EUROGATE publishes first sustainability report
17:04 Diving support vessel Redsborg from the Wagenborg Offshore sets direction to St. Eustatius
16:48 Murmansk Region and Gazprom Geologorazvedka sign agreement on social and economic development
16:34 ZIM deploys an 11,000 TEU vessel in the Asia-ECSA Trade
16:04 Upcoming State of the Baltic Sea report to be in focus in the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting
15:50 Baltic Sea Tug Agency provided towing and mooring services to the largest bulk carrier welcomed by the port of Ust-Luga (photo)
15:34 Aker Solutions to supply umbilicals for Mozambique's first offshore field development
15:04 DEME’s subsidiary GeoSea to install offshore foundations for EnBW offshore wind farm Albatros in Germany
14:38 Nevsky Shipyard will launch dry cargo vessel of Project RSD 49 on 29 June 2017 (photo)
14:19 Damen prepares Columbus for summer cruise season
14:15 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 9,573 in RF spot market
13:49 Rosterminalugol welcomed the largest bulker in the history of Ust-Luga port (photo)
12:56 Upcoming State of the Baltic Sea report to be in focus in the 2018 HELCOM Ministerial Meeting
12:03 New City Terminal entrance improves accessibility of Rotterdam’s city and port
11:34 Port of Rotterdam Authority contracts four PortXL start-ups
11:11 Baltic Sea Tug Agency LLC assisted floating crane involved in lifting of sunken barge (photo)
10:48 Decade-old Betuwe Route crucial for sustainable growth of port of Rotterdam
10:25 Seafarer abandonment was the subject of a seminar held at IMO Headquarters
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.98% to $46.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.09% to $43.48
09:37 Nevsky Shipyard starts mooring trials of salvage tug Kalas
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 870 points

2017 June 25

14:10 NYK Rumina receives Japanese Pilots' Best Quality Ship Award
14:08 JAXPORT welcomes largest containership to ever call a Florida port

2017 June 24

08:22 Viking Cruises christens Viking Sky in Tromsø, Norway
08:20 Atlas Maritime join the V8 Pool
08:08 Van Oord starts collaboration with start-up acceleration platform PortXL
08:06 Day of the Seafarer is on 25 June

2017 June 23

18:04 CMA CGM announces PSS from Asia to North Europe
17:50 Severnaya Verf will launch the Gremyashchy, corvette of Project 20385, on 30 June 2017