Autonomous Ships: Evolution to Unmanned Cargo Ships

The beginning of the Era of AUTONOMOUS SHIPS

Yet another example that you don’t necessarily need an eye to do away with jobs of course you know we’ve seen it throughout the industrial revolution into the 20th century with automation and assembly lines doing away with manual labour. You know now really in the automobile industry only your exotic cars are handmade everything else is basically assembly line type of stuff. Kongsberg autonomous ships and  Rolls Royce autonomous ships shaping the future of unmanned cargo ships are first to reveal their concept of autonomous cargo ships.
Well now you’re talking about phasing out whole crews of ships now you know that we’re looking at 2018 is a pretty big year because I know they’re talking about the transportation industry here in the United States the autonomous truck driver if you will you’re not going to have any more truck drivers. Here they’re going to start to be phased out with autonomous tractor trailers and now they’re talking about the Daily Mail’s reporting the Robo ship or say autonomous ships without a single human on board the first autonomous ship to launch in 2018. That’s right this is set to be the first ship to sail the seas without a single human on board.

Kongsberg autonomous ships

Autonomous Ships

Norway based Yarra has revealed its plans to develop the world’s first all-electric and autonomous cargo ship that is predicted to remove 747 tons of carbon dioxide from the air by reducing diesel-powered truck haulage by 40,000 journeys a year. Namely, Yala the Yarra Birkeland the high-tech ship is set to sail in 2018 it will be initially be operated as a manned vessel that the team noted that in 2020 it will be fully autonomous.


The roads are becoming overcrowded with the number of tech giants and car makers racing to release a fleet of self-driving taxis but think about this. This is a huge industry to get in to and you’re talking about phasing out Merchant Marines phasing out you know all of these screws and it will be advantageous for them to do this because the money that you save in human labour is just unbelievable it’s enormous.
Not to mention the fact that, you don’t deal with cruel imitations a computer’s not going to have a death in the family, a computer’s not going to have all of the human situations that go down and the fact that it’s, uh you know they’re making it coupling it with green is huge.
This is going to be one of those things the beginning of the end the death nail for the merchant mariner and how many merchant mariners are out there now that are going to lose their jobs and it just starts here so interesting. How we’re making that shift faster and faster and faster towards the obsolescence of human labour and these are all areas that people just don’t think about the transportation industry is dying as far as a from a job perspective because:
You’re not going to need truck drivers.
You’re not going to need ships captains.
You’re not going to need the crews.
You’re not going to need the warehouse.

Rolls Royce shaping the future of unmanned cargo ships

Unmanned aircraft have already revolutionized warfares from the sky, and driverless cars are poised to over whole ground transportation. Now the next big transport development seems might be the beginning at the sea. Ship designers their operators and regulators are now considering the future in which cargo vessels sails the ocean with minimal or even no crew. Shipping company believes they will make them more automated and cut the fuel cost. Helping lead these sea changes British engine makers Rolls Royce holdings P&C, the company no longer affiliated with the luxury car manufacturer is working with universities and other companies to develop futuristic unmanned cargo ship that resembles some of the advanced combat drones. Using infrared detectors high-resolution cameras and laser sensors to monitor its surroundings the vessel would send the data back to command centers where staff monitor progress. The Rolls Royce coup completing the study concluding such vessels are feasible and offer big savings. The first steps are already been taken, the stellar fairy operated in the Boltec by FindFairies has been equipped with an ideal sensor that will spot other vessels and a new generation of satellites like Fleet Xpress is helping to transfer a massive amount of data from ship to shore more affordable and secure. Though there are some hurdles before fully autonomous ships can set sail. The United Nations armed overseeing global shipping still prohibits shipping operations without a crew. But that could change soon the British government-sponsored marine autonomous systems regulatory working group is reviewing permit regulations and hopes to convince the IMO to open the door for autonomous vessels before the end of the decade.

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