The world's first unmanned offshore vessel operational in 2018

Already two years from now, the first unmanned offshore vessel will be operational in the North Sea, states Kongsberg Maritime and Automated Ships, interviewed by ShippingWatch about challenges in regulation and insurance.

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By the second quarter 2018, an offshore vessel, 35 meters long, will be commercially operational in the North Sea with no crew on board at all, says Brett Phaneuf, who heads a project under the name Hrönn at UK-based company Automated Ships Ltd.

The British company has now signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Norwegian equipment supplier Kongsberg for the design and construction of the vessel.

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