Autonomous ships are the future of modern marine traffic. Autonomous ships operate in an ecosystem, where decision-making is based on Big Data, smart algorithms, artificial intelligence and ultimate optimization. The possibilities autonomy and digitalization bring to the naval environment will shape traditional marine traffic to the next level. Roles of the on-board crew, artificial intelligence and the remote-control crew ashore will be redefined and assessed.
One Sea autonomous ecosystem is a smart environment, where intelligent devices and solutions read Big Data, analyze it, communicate with each other and furthermore make decisions independently.
The magnitude of the benefits autonomy brings marine traffic can be calculated in costs, reliability and efficiency, while there exist multiple possibilities in creating completely new revenue streams with innovations created along the way. There is a truly unique opportunity for marine transport players to be in the frontlines of new development, benefiting from the disruption first.
Reliability will be reached by minimizing the possibility for human error, which has been recognized as the single greatest risk for traffic accidents at sea. Approximately 75% of accidents are human inflicted.
Operational efficiency comes with more optimized operations, where decisions for the combination of routes, weather conditions and traffic are made entirely by artificial intelligence, resulting in the most economical, safe and ecological combination.
Digitalization will bring a much-needed update to marine transportation, which has yet toadopt intelligent solutions on a large scale. In the autonomous shipping ecosystem, old
ships are improved by retrofitting them with new technologies to make them smarter andable to communicate with other devices in the ecosystem. A fleet of smart ships underlines the possibilities to optimize, streamline and economize the whole business.
The development of autonomous marine navigation will set new standards and influence upcoming regulatory work of marine traffic. Smart regulation enables both more secure and environmentally friendly marine transportation and healthy development of the field, where new business opportunities will follow.