How Europe’s Busiest Port Is Helping Make Autonomous Ships a Reality?

  • Dutch startup Captain AI Rotterdam is engineering self-driving boats and ships with the deep learning algorithms and a computer simulator.
  • Captain AI successfully demonstrated a self-driving version of one of Rotterdam’s popular water taxis in late 2017.
  • The 57-foot vessel has surveillance cameras mounted on the bridge with a digital GPS system to provide accurate port readings than standard GPS.
  • There are specialized sensors for monitoring and controlling the engine and steering. All of...

The Emperor of the Sea

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Endesa builds in Korea the largest Spanish ship, a methane tanker of 300 meters in length capable of supplying gas to half a million inhabitants for a year

Neither the propeller, nor the engine nor the rudder, the most important piece of this methane of 200 million dollars and more than one hundred thousand tons is only forty centimeters, weighs one kilo and can be paid with a 200-euro bill ....

Maritime industry officials testify before Congress

The importance of the U.S. maritime community was emphasized in testimony to Congressional committees by industry and Coast Guard officials. Ken Hocke photo

On Wednesday, the American Waterways Operators (AWO) testified before two congressional committees on the state of the U.S. maritime industry. Tom Allegretti,president & CEO, testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee while across the Capitol, Jennifer Carpenter, executive vice president & COO, appeared before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

Meanwhile, also on Wednesday, Rear Adm. John P....

Subchapter M phase in begins

Left to right, Editor-in-Chief David Krapf, Christopher Parsonage, president and executive director of the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau, and Kevin Gilheany, owner of Maritime Compliance International. WorkBoat photo

At a Think Tank session on Subchapter M at theInternational WorkBoat Show in November, Editor-in-Chief David Krapf interviewed Christopher Parsonage, president and executive director of theTowing Vessel Inspection Bureau, and Kevin Gilheany, owner ofMaritime Compliance International.

David Krapf:Have the industry’s choices of what compliance option to use, third party organization (TPO)/Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) or Coast Guard inspections, been pretty much what was expected?