Maritime officers prepare for unmanned vessels

The unmanned vessels will come, says the Secretary General of the Danish Maritime Officers, Fritz Ganzhorn. And the union will not be blocking this development, he tells ShippingWatch. But he does hope that, going forward, officers will still be controlling the ships, perhaps from on-land positions.

Ships running on electricity and which by using radars, sensors, AIS are able to steer themselves around without a single crew member on board. This scenario looks like a seafarer's worst nightmare, and according to DNV GL, this could be the reality within the next five to ten years under ideal development conditions.

As such, crew members, from the highest ranking officer to the lowest, would stand to lose their job to modern technology – a development which, according to Fritz Ganzhorn, Secretary General of the Danish Maritime Officers union, is still at an "imaginary stage," though he does not wholly reject the notion.

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