Rolls-Royce's Blue Ocean development team have set up a prototype at its office in Alesund, Norway, which simulates 360 degree views from a vessels bridge. The London based manufacturer of engines says that eventually captains on dry land will use similar control centres to command hundreds of crewless ships.
It has been said by Rolls-Royce that Drone Ships would be safer, cheaper and less polluting for the $375 billion shipping industry that carries 90% of world trade. The company’s vice president of innovation in marine engineering and technology, Oskar Levander, has said that they might be deployed in regions such as the Baltic Sea within a decade, while regulatory hurdles and industry and union scepticism about cost and safety will slow global adoption.
Levender has said “Now the technology is at the level where we can make this happen, and society is moving in this direction"
"If we want marine to do this, now is the time to move".