We have all by now heard at least something regarding the ongoing march towards putting driverless cars on the roads. Less visible in the mainstream transport and technology press, though, is the significant work currently being put into the development of autonomous ships.
Currently, Norway appears well-placed, with agreements already in place to run automated ferries and offshore operational vessels in Norwegian waters from as early as next year, and the country’s Trondheimfjord having last year been officially designated as the world’s first formal testing site for autonomous vessels. With shipping, engineering, technology and trading houses across the globe making significant investment in the hardware and software required to introduce autonomous vessels to the global economy, it is clear that the prospects for autonomous vessels are nearing reality.
Thomas Cooper has assembled a cross-disciplinary team of experts with an interest in autonomous shipping. If you are interested in learning more about autonomous shipping, including the commercial, practical and (of course) legal questions that arise from it, please register your interest by emaling the below: