• 2017 September 12 14:51

    Rolls-Royce reveals plans for autonomous Naval vessel

    Rolls-Royce has revealed plans for an autonomous, single role, naval vessel with a range of 3500 nautical miles, the company said in its press release.

    The vessel concept is capable of operating beyond the horizon for over 100 days, will displace 700 tonnes and reach speeds above 25 knots. The 60m long vessel is designed to perform a range of single role missions, for example, patrol & surveillance, mine detection or fleet screening.

    At the heart of the vessel is a robust and reliable power dense propulsion system. This combines Rolls-Royce’s proven expertise in both gas turbines and diesels with a demonstrable track record in electric propulsion, energy storage and propulsors.

    According to Benjamin Thorp, Rolls-Royce, General Manager Naval Electrics, Automation and Control, “Rolls-Royce is seeing interest from major navies in autonomous, rather than remote controlled, ships. Such ships offer a way to deliver increased operational capability, reduce the risk to crew and cut both operating and build costs.

    “Over the next 10 years or so, Rolls-Royce expects to see the introduction of medium sized unmanned platforms, particularly in leading navies, as the concept of mixed manned and unmanned fleets develops. With our experience and capabilities we expect to lead the field.”

    Larger manned ships will cover multi-role missions. Allowing fleet composition to be mixed in this way, navies will reap the operational and cost benefits offered by autonomous technology.

    The initial design features a full electric propulsion system which requires fewer auxiliary systems (lubrication, cooling system etc.) and offers better reliability levels than mechanical counterparts. It features two Rolls-Royce MTU 4000 Series gensets providing around 4MW electrical power to a 1.5MW propulsion drive. An alternative to diesel engines could be small gas turbines, further improving the system’s reliability and reducing onboard maintenance. Permanent Magnet Azipull thrusters together with a bow mounted tunnel thruster will make the vessel highly manoeuvrable. To reduce fuel consumption and extend operational range an additional 3000 kWh of energy storage will facilitate efficient low speed loiter operations and the vessel will also be fitted with photovoltaic solar panels to generate power when the vessel is on standby.

    The absence of crew increases the need for very reliable power and propulsion systems. Rolls-Royce’s approach is to blend advanced Intelligent Asset Management and system redundancy in a cost effective manner that avoids sacrificing the cost and volume savings achieved by removing the crew. A suite of autonomous support tools, developed by Rolls-Royce, such as Energy Management, Equipment Health Monitoring and predictive and remote maintenance, will ensure the availability of unmanned vessels.

    Many of the technologies needed to make autonomous ships a reality already exist. Rolls-Royce has created what it believes to be the world’s first Intelligent Awareness System combining multiple sensors with Artificial Intelligence, to help commercial vessels operate more safely and efficiently. Significant analysis of potential cyber risks is also being undertaken to ensure end-to-end security.

    Autonomous technology presents an opportunity to automate certain parts of the ship’s operations and the partial removal of sailors reduces operating costs and improves safety by limiting the number of people exposed to hazards.




2017 November 20

18:06 Shipping must be economically sustainable if it is to deliver on environmental sustainability, ICS tells OECD
17:51 Port of Goole supports region’s green future
17:29 Government of Germany сontinues support to WMU
17:06 Sokhna World Zone project presented to investors in Dubai
16:44 Sovcomflot posts operating profit over 9M’17 rising by 50.5% to USD 131.2 million
16:18 New sugar terminal to be constructed at the Port of Gdansk
16:00 Wärtsilä to deliver high efficiency and low emissions for new Viking Line ferry
15:55 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company expands its activities in foreign waters
15:30 IMO takes part in Green Ship Technology North America Conference
15:04 Cammell Laird issues EU worker statement
14:46 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 35.12 mln t of cargo in 10M’17, up 5.5% Y-o-Y
14:29 National Fish Resources to invest RUB 3-4 bln in creation of a fishery cluster in the Kaliningrad Region
14:08 RS class: gas carriers “BORIS VILKITSKY” and “FEDOR LITKE” delivered to the customer
13:37 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO up to RUB 12,821 in RF spot market
13:14 Damen launches cutting-edge Fishery Research Vessel for Angolan Fisheries Ministry
13:01 Optimarin shakes up BWT sector with unique promise for shipowners
12:43 IMO’s Jan De Boer participated at the LNG Ship/Shore Interface Conference in London
12:22 International seminar on mutual cooperation between IMO, WMU and KMOU held in Busan, Republic of Korea
12:01 Maersk Line and Damco deliver a block train solution for Decathlon
11:36 JMSDF’s destroyer Hamagiri arrives in Vladivostok
11:12 Onezhsky Shipyard launches floating bridges built for a residential area in Petrozavodsk (photo)
10:50 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) up 7.7% to 17.26 mln TEUs in 10M’17
10:24 Brent Crude futures price down 2.09% to $45.08, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.16% to $56.62
10:05 Nonius Engineering supports “Hydraulic Engineering Structures of Water Transport” Congress as its Sponsor
09:43 Commercial Sea Port of Ust-Luga performs unique unloading operation (photo)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,371 points
09:08 EU NAVFOR’s Italian ship Virginio Fasan chases and captures suspected pirates
08:18 First shipload of liquefied natural gas to Northern Finland delivered to Manga LNG terminal

2017 November 19

17:31 Wison signs MOU with Shanghai Electric for medium large floating LNG power solution
17:22 Tomini Shipping places order for three Kamsarmaxes
17:15 Shareholders of Teekay Tankers and Tanker Investments approve proposals to permit merger
17:12 Cruise Gate Hamburg announces record growth for 2017

2017 November 18

06:35 Brisbane wins Port of the Year 2017
06:30 Polarcus secures fully prefunded multi-client project in Australia

2017 November 17

18:06 Swiber's subsidiary placed into bankruptcy by the District Court of Helsinki
17:55 Pacific Fleet warships arrive in Chuk Samet port, Thailand
17:36 Damen supports team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
17:20 Sevmash floated out nuclear-powered missile submarine Knyaz Vladimir (photo)
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
16:45 Yantar Shipyard launches first trawler of Project SK-3101R for Kamchatka fishing company (photo)
16:26 DNV GL: Standardisation can help enable the digital transformation of shipping
16:00 Maersk Line appoints new president in North America
15:58 Onezhsky shipyard lays down Yury Maslyukov dredger of Damen TSHD 2000 design (photo)
15:26 IMO runs cooperation for oil spill preparedness in west, central and southern Africa
15:00 Special tactical exercises held at CPC Marine Terminal Tank Farm facilities
14:37 Water Transport newspaper will celebrate its centenary in 2018
14:02 NCC conducts yet another groundbreaking ceremony at the Port of Gothenburg Logistics Park
13:45 MSCC Bronka set to increase its heavy cargo transshipment capacity
13:32 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Naias with Phaethon
13:14 Vostochny Port extends its collective labor contract for three years
13:02 Acta Marine's walk-to-work construction support vessel in final construction phase
12:30 Scottish Ports Group call for right infrastructure and planning conditions
12:01 Aker Solutions to provide umbilicals for three offshore Norway field developments
11:53 MOL's newbuilding coal carrier NAGARA MARU to serve JERA Trading
11:17 301 ships loaded with export coal left Rosterminalugol this year (photo)
10:53 Icebreaker Moskva set sail for seaport Sabetta (photo)
10:30 Brent Crude futures price down 0.29% to $61.18, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.24% to $55.27
10:08 ABS raises cyber awareness to marine insurance industry
09:45 Bunker prices go down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:21 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,361 points