Next Generation Unmanned Short-Sea Cargo Ship

Next Generation Unmanned Short-Sea Cargo Ship

Unmanned Cargo Ships: Pros, Cons and Next Steps Unmanned Cargo Delivery Concept – Chronicle 05 The ReVolt is Coming! (October 09, 2014) (Editor’s Note: Throwback to my first LinkedIn article regarding unmanned cargo) The ReVolt is coming! Not the long speculated “rise of the machines”, but rather the latest model of the next generation, battery powered, unmanned short-sea cargo vessels. Last month at SSM Hamburg, DNV GL released concept details for the zero-emission ReVolt which will be powered by a 3000kWh battery, be able to carry 100 TEU and have a range of 100 nautical miles before needing to recharge. Featuring an autonomous navigation system, it would require no crew or crew facilities thereby increasing ship capacity and reducing operating costs. Will the logistics chain be changed forever? The Vision The concept of unmanned cargo ships has been around for decades, but only recently with the advent of technology promoting the possibility of driverless cars (Google Cars) and tiny unmanned delivery aircraft (Amazon Prime Air) has the concept become more feasible. Although there are still all kinds of technical, economic and regulatory problems that must be overcome to make the unmanned-cargo-ship-as-a-crucial-link-in-the-logistics-supply-chain scenario a reality, there is substantial research currently going on that will accelerate the coming of age of drone ships. Earlier this year in Norway, the Blue Ocean Development Team of famed auto and engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce set up a prototype 360-degee virtual reality vessel bridge that captains will be able to use on land to command crewless ships (Rolls Royce). Further South, the European Union is currently funding a 3.8 million Euro (~4.8 million USD) study entitled...
Unmanned Autonomous Cargo Ships

Unmanned Autonomous Cargo Ships

Rolls-Royce Autonomous Cargo Vessels Unmanned Cargo Delivery Concept – Chronicle 02   Rolls-Royce Drone Ships Challenge $375 Billion Industry: Freight ( February 24, 2014) (Editor’s Note: This article led to my first LinkedIn post) What the Article Chronicles: Drone ships would be safer, cheaper and less polluting for the $375 billion shipping industry that carries 90 percent of world trade, according to Rolls-Royce. Their Blue Ocean development team has set up a virtual reality prototype at its office in Alesund, Norway, that simulates 360-degree views from a vessel’s bridge. Eventually, these control centers would allow captains on dry land to command hundreds of crewless ships. Official UAV / Drone Name: None yet. Only conceptual. However, a 1:20 prototype of an unmanned, zero emissions, short-sea vessel called the Revolt (LINK) does exist. The virtual reality, smart crew station is called the Future Operator Experience Concept or “oX” and it would be dependent on cameras beaming 360-degree views from the drone ship back to the operators based in the virtual bridge in Norway, thus allowing them to navigate the vessel and remotely to steer them to their final destinations. Mission: Rolls-Royce schematics show vessels loaded with containers from front to back, without the bridge structure where the ship’s crew would normally live (see pictures above and below). By replacing the bridge (along with other crew support systems , such as electricity, air conditioning, water and sewage), the unmanned cargo ships would be able to fit more cargo, thus cutting costs and boosting revenues. Theoretically, these ships would also be 5 percent lighter before loading cargo and would burn 12 percent to 15 percent less fuel....

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