Towards autonomous shipping: Operational challenges of unmanned short sea cargo vessels

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Abstract

Autonomous shipping is considered a highly promising development in the shipping industry. Technologically it is believed to be possible, but there are several challenges that still need to be solved before autonomous shipping can become a reality. In this paper the main challenges for autonomous shipping are identified. This is done by taking the main functions of the ship and combining them with the crew tasks. That way it is possible to identify where problems occur when the crew is no longer on board. Combining the challenges found with prior research on autonomous shipping leads to three elements into which little to no research has been conducted. However, they are important for the operation of an autonomous ship. The elements that need to be further investigated are; navigation and situational awareness, ship-to-ship communication, physical intervention of the crew on the ship and its systems, and maintenance and repair.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarine Design XIII
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Marine Design Conference (IMDC 2018)
EditorsPentti Kujala, Liangliang Lu
PublisherCRC Press
Pages871-880
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9781138541870
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventIMDC 2018: 13th International Marine Design Conference - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 10 Jun 201814 Jun 2018

Conference

ConferenceIMDC 2018: 13th International Marine Design Conference
CountryFinland
CityHelsinki
Period10/06/1814/06/18

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