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Machines to navigate the seas and skies

Stricter emissions standards and the cost of labour have led a number of engineers to investigate the possibility of autonomous ships, notably at Rolls-Royce which is leading the €6.6m Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative.

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DNV GL Highlights Research Underway

DNV GL has published a report on its research activities: Research Review 2015. The document summarizes strategic research and innovation within DNV GL. Two of the projects described are:

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LNG fueled bulkers are a double first for DNV GL

Two 25,600 dwt bulk carriers ordered by Finland's ESL Shipping back in November (see earlier story) will not only be world's first large LNG-fueled bulkers, but the first vessels constructed to the new DNV GL rules for general dry cargo ships.

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