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Mitsui E&S Announces Completion of a Joint Technological Development Programme for the Demonstration of Unmanned Ships

Friday, 14 January 2022 | 13:00

A consortium consisting of Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, “Marubeni”), Tryangle Inc. (hereinafter, “Tryangle”), Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, “Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding”), and the City of Yokosuka applied to and secured a place in the “Joint Technological Development Programme for the Demonstration of Unmanned Ships” led by The Nippon Foundation in February 2020, and have conducted a pilot project in Yokosuka City with the aim to establish the technology for autonomous ship operations (hereinafter, “Proof of Concept”). On this occasion, the Proof of Concept was successfully completed in a voyage route between New-Mikasa Pier and Sarushima Island in Yokosuka City, in which the ship operations, including berthing, were fully automated using an existing small-sized passenger boat*.

Through this Proof of Concept, the autonomous ship technology, which was applied by Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding on an existing small-sized passenger boat owned and operated by Tryangle, achieved fully autonomous ship operations including unberthing, navigation, collision avoidance and berthing*. Implementation of this autonomous ship technology from this Proof of Concept, is expected to reduce the workload of the ship crew while enhancing operational safety.

Marubeni, Tryangle, Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, and the City of Yokosuka are aiming to use this technology and experience to effectively help contribute to a safe and sustainable society.

The autonomous operation was conducted with the ship crew onboard to ensure safety while complying with laws and regulations.
Tryangle-owned small passenger boat.
Source: MES – Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.

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