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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday November 05 2016, @12:06AM   Printer-friendly
from the what-a-boat-pirates dept.

In January, the British firm Automated Ships and its Norwegian partners Kongsberg Maritime will begin work on the first offshore vessel that can be run with no captain, crew, or engineers.

The ship, named the Hrönn, is being designed as an offshore support vessel capable of delivering cargo to remote locations, launching and retrieving unmanned submersible craft, and acting as a resupply vessel for North Sea oil rigs. It will be launched next year and, pending successful sea trials, will be certified for offshore use the following year.

"The advantages of unmanned ships are manifold, but primarily center on the safe-guarding of life and reduction in the cost of production and operations; removing people from the hazardous environment of at-sea operations and re-employing them on-shore to monitor and operate robotic vessels remotely; along with the significantly decreased cost in constructing ships, will revolutionize the marine industry," said Automated Ships MD Brett Phaneuf.

The shipping industry is keener than its automotive cousins to get robot ships running commercially. The industry has been revolutionized by containers, which slashed the cost of shipping goods, and is now hoping for similar savings by taking humans out of the equation, or helping to augment them.

Sigh. There goes your bright future at sea.


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  • (Score: 2) by Snotnose on Saturday November 05 2016, @01:17AM

    by Snotnose (1623) on Saturday November 05 2016, @01:17AM (#422701)

    The Animated Series did the Niven story where a Slaver Stasis box had a spy's screwdriver. Click once, it dug holes. Click twice, it was a laser, etc etc etc.

    Got Netflix a couple years back, first thing I searched for was that ep.

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  • (Score: 2) by maxwell demon on Saturday November 05 2016, @07:28AM

    by maxwell demon (1608) on Saturday November 05 2016, @07:28AM (#422763) Journal

    The Animated Series did [...] had a spy's screwdriver. Click once, it dug holes. Click twice, it was a laser, etc etc etc.

    Was the spy actually a doctor? :-)

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