Norwegian yard building world’s first unmanned ship for offshore operations

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A Norwegian shipyard is planning to build the world’s first autonomous ship for commercial use, Hrönn.

As an unmanned vessel, Hrönn will be remotely controlled, keeping humans away from potential dangers at sea. Hrönn could be sent out on a variety of different missions, such as hydrographic surveying and open-water fish farm support.

The ship will also be used to transport light intermodal cargo, and make deliveries to offshore installations. When acting as a standby vessel, Hrönn will be able to provide firefighting support to offshore platforms when needed.

Construction of Hrönn is scheduled to begin in January 2017. It will then be put through sea trials, with plans to be available for field operations in 2018.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. The Hrönn ship will be remotely controlled from an onshore command center
2. Hrönn will be used for surveying
3. Hrönn can be used to transfer light intermodal cargo and make deliveries to offshore installations
4. Hrönn can be used as firefighting support at offshore installations

VOICEOVER (in English):

As an unmanned vessel, Hrönn will be remotely controlled, keeping humans away from potential dangers at sea.

Hrönn will be designed for a variety of missions, such as hydrographic surveying and support for open-water fish farms.

The ship will also be used to transport light intermodal cargo, and make deliveries to offshore installations.

When acting as a standby vessel, Hrönn will be able to provide firefighting support to offshore platforms when needed.

SOURCES: Splash247, Marine Link, Marine Log, Automated Ships Ltd., New Atlas
http://splash247.com/norwegian-yard-set-build-worlds-first-unmanned-ship/
http://www.marinelink.com/news/autonomous-unmanned417687
http://www.marinelog.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=23734:mou-for-construction-of-unmanned-offshore-vessel&Itemid=231
http://www.automatedshipsltd.com/
http://newatlas.com/hronn-unmanned-offshore-ship/46258/