• 2017 July 17 16:10

    Grant awarded to launch UK's first maritime autonomous systems testing service

    The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has awarded BAE Systems a grant of £457,000 to design and deliver the UK’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service, BAE systems said in a media release.

    Based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the South East of the Isle of Wight, BAE Systems together with ASV Global (ASV), Blue Bear Systems Research (Blue Bear), Marine Electronic Systems (MES), SeeByte and the University of Southampton, will work together to provide the service’s infrastructure, with other organisations set to join later this year. Together the Solent LEP and partner organisations are investing £1.5 million in this project, the first of its kind in the UK.
     
    The new service will be ready for use later this year and customers will be able to conduct trials and test systems such as unmanned boats, air vehicles and autonomous sensors in a safe, controlled and realistic environment in the Solent. Backed by a comprehensive safety case, the service will make use of a secure maritime communications network and a mobile command and control centre, featuring the same technology BAE Systems provides to UK Royal Navy platforms.
     
    The new service was announced during a two-day launch event at the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney, Portsmouth, attended by more than 100 guests from autonomous systems providers, local businesses, academia, the Armed Forces and other interested parties.
     
    BAE Systems’ Combat Systems Head of Technology Frank Cotton said: “Autonomous and unmanned systems are widely regarded as a vital technology for the future, but there is a great deal of work to be done if we are to unlock its true potential and understand how they are best integrated into wider systems. A wide range of organisations from the defence and commercial sectors, along with academia, have ambitions for this technology and this unique service will allow them to find valuable ways to use it whilst furthering its development. The Solent area has a growing number of world class organisations operating in the autonomy sector and we are excited to be working with ASV, Blue Bear, MES, SeeByte and the University of Southampton to launch this concept this week. It is anticipated that the full test service will go live later this year.”
     
    Solent LEP Maritime Chairman Ian Millen said: “The Solent is the heart of the UK’s Marine and Maritime sector and the assets we possess enable the region, its businesses and the UK economy to compete globally. From the Port of Southampton, the most productive port in Europe, to Portsmouth Naval Base, HQ of the Royal Navy and soon to be home to the largest aircraft carriers in UK history, the Solent is used to making waves on an international stage. The key to this success has always been founded in innovation and, through our investment to create the UK’s first autonomous systems testing service in the Solent, the LEP will ensure that the area and its businesses, large and small, continue to be a driving force for UK innovation for years to come.”
     
    In October 2016, BAE Systems and the test service partners successfully showcased their autonomous maritime capabilities in the Royal Navy’s ‘Unmanned Warrior’ exercise – the world’s first large scale demonstration of innovative maritime robotic systems. BAE Systems’ bespoke ACER (Autonomous Control Exploitation and Realisation) system provided a seamless flow of information from sensors on the unmanned boats to crews on the hosting warships. One of the unmanned boats used in the Unmanned Warrior exercise was BAE Systems’ Pacific Class 950 Unmanned Rigid Inflatable Boat which is capable of travelling autonomously at up to 47kts for up to 12 hours at a time. The autonomous technology on the Pacific Class 950 can be retro-fitted to existing boats.




2018 November 13

18:06 Navios Containers seeks to list on a U.S. stock exchange
17:53 BIMCO adopts 2020 bunker clauses
17:34 CMA CGM to revamp its CIMEX 2K2 service
17:11 Nevsky Shipyard takes part in «Transport of Russia» exhibition
16:56 NOVATEK shipped first LNG cargo to CNOOC
16:34 KOTUG and Petroconsult join forces to establish KOTUG PETRO Maritime (KPM)
16:20 Ttraining on oil spill preparedness and response held for countries in eastern Africa
16:04 Diana Shipping announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel
15:55 Throughput of port Kavkaz in 10M’18 grew by 19% Y-o-Y to 42.6 million tonnes
15:34 Royal IHC wins KNVTS Ship of the Year for SCHELDT RIVER
15:03 Damco launches a dedicated warehouse for Barry Callebaut and inaugurates a new facility in the heart of Poland
14:41 MAN Cryo to design and deliver LNG regasification terminal
14:25 LUKOIL reports preliminary operating data for Q3 and 9M’2018
14:03 COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry and GTT sign agreement for LNG carrier repairs
13:42 Alfa Laval wins two orders to supply Framo pumping systems to oil platforms in the North Sea
13:13 HH Ferries Group officially inaugurates two battery-powered passenger ferries
12:48 BIMCO launches survey to highlight biofouling management
12:24 HHLA container throughput up by 1.0 percent in the first nine months of 2018
12:07 Torqeedo reveals new products for electric mobility on the water
11:51 Bunker prices are still high in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:22 Throughput of port Riga (Latvia) in 10M’18 climbed by 6.5% Y-o-Y to 29.9 million tonnes
10:53 RF Navy's training ship Perekop returns from distant cruise
10:29 Brent Crude futures price down 1.04% to $69.39, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.33% to $59.13
10:10 ABP invests £1 million in Port of Lowestoft as part of energy hub vision
09:44 National maritime transport policy training held for Mexican officials
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,125 points
09:07 Valencia Containerised Freight Index rises 2.57% and stands at 1,105.61 points
08:07 ERMA FIRST obtains USCG type approval for ballast water treatment system using FILTREX filters
07:18 Long Beach cargo volumes up 5.4 percent in October 2018

2018 November 12

18:01 Major ASW ship Severomorsk of RF Navy's Northern Fleet participates in Russian-Japanese exericse in the Gulf of Aden
17:42 Maritime Administration of Ukraine announced selection of 13 seaport captains
17:04 Maersk Line announces FAK rates from Northern Europe to Middle East and ISC
16:56 Danish shipyard orders large equipment package from Rolls-Royce
16:54 Wan Hai Lines orders 20 new vessels
16:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 10M’18 up 18% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
16:34 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
16:22 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade announces tender for R&D and designing of marine systems and technologies
16:04 Bigger share of modal split envisaged for inland shipping in the Baltic Sea Region
15:51 RF Ministry of Industry and Trade announces tender for documentation on construction of Leader icebreaker
15:34 IMRF and The Nautical Institute sign MOU
15:20 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6.24 million tonnes of cargo in 10M'18, up 19% Y-o-Y
15:04 Yang Ming reports its financial results for 2018 Q3
14:46 Sea Port of Saint-Petersburg completes New Leaders project
14:31 ClassNK and TÜV Rheinland sign partnership agreement for cybersecurity services
14:03 Maersk Line announces rates from North Europe to Far East Asia
13:47 ICTSI plans to invest over P5 billion in Iloilo ports
13:28 Baltiysky Zavod shipyard loaded reactors onto nuclear-powered icebreaker Ural, second serial ship of Project 22220
12:40 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 20,508 in RF spot market
11:57 Reduced Klaipeda seaport charges for container ships to boost shipping development
11:34 IMO supports equal opportunities for women in fisheries
11:12 Trinidad and Tobago benefits from IMO port security training
10:49 RF Navy's Northern Fleet holds exercise to assist a submarine in distress
10:13 Brent Crude futures price up 1.55% to $71.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.96% to $60.77
09:56 Port of HaminaKotka throughput in 10M’2018 up 12.8% Y-o-Y to 13.57 million tonnes
09:34 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 10M'18 up 4.8% Y-o-Y to 12.38 million tonnes
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,147 points
09:08 Global Maritime Administrators attend the 8th Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme in Singapore
08:51 TORM establishes joint venture with Guangzhou Shipyard International and ME Production to manufacture scrubbers to reduce sulfur emissions

2018 November 11

11:19 Maersk Line increases FAK rates from Far East Asia to Mediterranean
10:16 Day Tourist Tax for cruise passengers to apply to sea cruise and river cruise passengers in Amsterdam