24 Oct
2019

RR: The Era of Autonomous Ships Is Here and Now

first_imgThe Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), led by UK-based developer and producer of marine engines Rolls-Royce, has released a whitepaper which outlines the project’s vision of how remote and autonomous shipping will become a reality.The AAWA whitepaper explores the research carried out to date on the business case for autonomous applications, the safety and security implications of designing and operating remotely operated ships, the legal and regulatory dimensions and the existence and readiness of a supplier network to deliver commercially applicable products in the short to medium term.“This is happening. It’s not if, it’s when. The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist,” Oskar Levander, Rolls-Royce, Vice President of Innovation – Marine, said at the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam.“The AAWA project is testing sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions in Finland and has created a simulated autonomous ship control system which allows the behaviour of the complete communication system to be explored. We will see a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade.” Levander added.The tests of sensor arrays are being carried out aboard Finferries 65 metre double ended ferry, the Stella, which operates between Korpo and Houtskär, while ESL Shipping Ltd is helping explore the implications of remote and autonomous ships for the short sea cargo sector.Image Courtesy: Rolls-Roycelast_img read more

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8 Oct
2019

US says MCC decision shows significant progress in Sri Lanka

The MCC Board of Directors at its quarterly meeting on December 13, 2016 selected Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso and Tunisia for new MCC compacts – five-year grants – to encourage economic growth and reduce poverty. “MCC’s considerable support is a major boost to our six decades of development partnership with the people of Sri Lanka,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap. Sri Lanka, which was selected in December 2015 for a threshold program, will now transition into the compact program after showing continued improvement on its scorecard, including demonstrated progress on democratic rights. Tunisia is also new compact partner for MCC, while Burkina Faso successfully completed its first MCC compact in July 2014 and has demonstrated clear policy improvement on its scorecard since the election of its new government in 2015.In both Sri Lanka and Burkina Faso, the Board recommended that MCC explore investments that address obstacles to economic growth – both domestic and regional – while recognizing the need for statutory authority to optimize regional impact. (Colombo Gazette) For a country to be selected as eligible for MCC assistance, it must demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance, investments in its people, and economic freedom, as measured by third-party policy indicators on MCC’s annual scorecard.“By partnering with developing countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, from fighting corruption to respecting the rights of women and the rule of law, we are maximizing our ability to fight poverty and transform people’s lives,” MCC Chief Executive Officer Dana J. Hyde said. The United States says the decision taken by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors to select Sri Lanka for new MCC compacts, shows the significant progress made in Sri Lanka.US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal, in a tweet, congratulated Sri Lanka on its transition into the MCC compact program. read more

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