Shipping companies have started a-Navigation testing in real conditions
Participants of the pilot project on automatic and remote navigation (a-Navigation, ARNTP) began testing a set of technical means in real conditions.
The tests are made during the regular operation of Rosmorport, Sovcomflot and Paula Group vessels and should be completed by the end of the year.
At the same time draft federal law and government decree on autonomous shipping have been already officially submitted to the government. They will allow the mass operation of autonomous vessels under the Russian flag as a part of a national experiment from 2021 to 2025. Thus, maritime ships can become the first type of autonomous transport allowed for commercial operation in Russia.
The tests are being carried out on four vessels: the tanker Mikhail Ulyanov of Sovcomflot in the Arctic, the bulker ship Pola Anfisa of Paula Group in the Black Sea and the dredging caravan Rosmorport – the barge Rabochaya and the dredger Redut in the Black and Azov Seas.