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ABS joins Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance

Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017

Classification society ABS has joined the Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance to work on designs for ships able to operate without crews.

The alliance involves industry partners, including classification societies, shipyards, equipment manufacturers and marine architects. The design will integrate features of independent decision-making, autonomous navigation, environmental perception and remote control. The Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance, chaired by HNA Technology Group, was formed by members including the China Ship Research & Development Institute, Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, Marine Design Research Institute of China (MARIC), Rolls-Royce and Wärtsilä. The alliance officially started operations at the end of June this year and expects to deliver the unmanned cargo ship design by October 2021.