Published on April 5th, 2018 | by James Ayre0
Massterly — Wilhelmsen & KONGSBERG’s New Autonomous Shipping Firm
April 5th, 2018 by James Ayre
The prominent shipping industry firms Wilhelmsen and KONGSBERG are partnering to launch a new autonomous shipping firm by the name of Massterly. It is the world’s first such company, according to a press release announcing the matter.
Massterly will reportedly provide customers with the entire works when it comes to autonomous shipping — with vessel operation, design and development, logistics (via land-based control centers), and control systems.
So, to explain that a different way, Massterly intends to provide customers in the sector with anything they need when it comes to a transition to autonomous shipping tech.
The CEO of the Wilhelmsen group, Thomas Wilhelmsen, commented: “Currently, we are at the very beginning of this development, but we see and believe that there will be a significant market for these types of services in the near future. At first, short sea shipping will use autonomous ships. This also implies increased competitiveness to move transport from road to sea. The gains are increased efficiency and reduction of emissions. For Norway as a maritime nation, this will be an important contribution to reach the UN sustainable development goals.”
This announcement follows the announcement that the world’s first fully electric container vessel (and also a fully autonomous design) — the Yara Birkeland — would be launched within the near future. In that case, full autonomy is expected by 2020. The idea behind Massterly is that further ships along the lines of Yara Birkeland can be provided to customers and managed/operated by the provider (Massterly).
Current plans call for the new firm to be fully operational by the beginning of August, 2018.