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Massterly aims to be the first full-service autonomous marine shipping company

Massterly aims to be the first full-service autonomous marine shipping company
From TechCrunch - April 6, 2018

Logistics may not be the most exciting application of autonomous vehicles, but its definitely one of the most important. And the marine shipping industryone of the oldest industries in the world, you can imagineis ready for it. Or at least two major Norwegian shipping companies are: theyre building an autonomous shipping venture called Massterly from the ground up.

Massterly isnt just a pun on mass; Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship is the term Wilhelmson and Kongsberg coined to describe the self-captaining boats that will ply the seas of tomorrow.

These companies, with a combined 360 years of experience as their video put it, are trying to get the jump on the next phase of shipping, starting with creating the worlds first fully electric and autonomous container ship, the Yara Birkeland. Its a modest vessel by shipping terms250 feet long and capable of carrying 120 containers according to the conceptbut will be capable of loading, navigating and unloading without a crew

(One assumes there will be some people on board or nearby to intervene if anything goes wrong, of course. Why else would there be railings up front?)

Each has major radar and lidar units, visible light and IR cameras, satellite connectivity and so on.

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