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Norway establishes first testing area for unmanned vessels

The Norwegian Maritime Authority has chosen the Trondheim fjord to serve as what the authority designates the first area in the world for testing autonomous vessels.

DNV GL's forestilling om en ubemandet containerfeeder. | Photo: DNV GL

The fjord which leads into Trondheim in Norway has now been selected as a permitted area for test sailings of unmanned vessels, informs the Norwegian Maritime Authority in a press release.

"There are a lot of exciting things happening in the shipping industry nowadays, both within autonomy and within new environmentally friendly solutions. We wish to cooperate with the industry so that we can be a leader in the development of rules and regulations that take into consideration the new technical solutions," says Director General of Shipping and Navigation at the Norwegian Maritime Authority, Olav Akselsen.

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