World’s first remotely-operated commercial vessel

Rolls-Royce has joined maritime towage company Svitzer to successfully develop the world’s first remotely-operated commercial vessel.

The vessel was demonstrated in Copenhagen Harbour, Denmark.

The ship’s captain berthed the vessel alongside the quay, undocked, turned 360°, and piloted it to the Svitzer HQ. It was then docked again.

Earlier this year, one of Svitzer´s tugs, the 28m long Svitzer Hermod, safely conducted a number of remotely-operated manoeuvres.

The companies have also signed an agreement to continue their cooperation to test remote and autonomous operations for vessels. The primary systems involved will be autonomous navigation, situational awareness, remote control centre and communication.

SOURCE: Maritime Cyprus