Towards unmanned cargo ships: A task based design process to identify economically viable low and unmanned ship concepts

C. Kooij

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Abstract

Unmanned and low-manned transport has increasingly been studied this past decade. While there have been successful trials for autonomous navigation, unmanned cargo ships are not commercially available yet. First, this dissertation investigates how changes to a ship’s systems and organizational structure can affect the crew’s size and composition. Then, a cost benefit analysis determines the economic viability of these concepts. This research concludes with feasible intermediate steps between a conventional ship and a fully unmanned ship.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMaster of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Hekkenberg, R.G., Supervisor
  • Kana, A.A., Supervisor
Award date16 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Unmanned ships
  • low-manned ships
  • design process
  • autonomous ships
  • greedy algorithm

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