Rosmorport's hopper barge has undergone an autonomous voyage outside the Port of Gelendzhik in the Black Sea, during which her abilities to detect targets have been tested, along with optimising manoeuvring.
The MARINET Industry Center of the National Technology Initiative has initiated a project - supported by the ministries of Industry and Trade and of Transport of Russia, and the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping - tasked with introducing unmanned shipping for Russian-flagged ships.
Another of Rosmorport's vessels, the dredger Redut, has been equipped with remote controls for steering Rabochaya. Rosmorport plans to use such a setup to control an entire dredging fleet from a single point.
According to Russia's Agency for Strategic Initiatives, technological solutions for autonomous ship operations will have been adopted for commercial fleet use by August 2021.
Photo: Rosmorport/MARINET Industry Center of the National Technology Initiative