Kongsberg Maritime Closer to Autonomous Vessel Operation with DNV AiP

(Image credit: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Maritime has received Approval in Principle (AiP) from classification society DNV to enable a key role to be transferred from a ship to a shore-based control center, marking a significant step in the journey towards uncrewed vessel operations.

The move will enable the role of Chief Engineer to be located in a Remote Operations Center (ROC), where the duties can be carried out from a desk-based workstation, instead of onboard a vessel.

From the workstation, the Chief Engineer will be able to monitor and control systems including the Power Management System, ballast water system and deck machinery on three vessels. They are the world’s first fully electric container vessel Yara Birkeland; and a pair of electric barges operated by Norwegian grocery retailer ASKO, named Marit and Therese.

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