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Autonomous Ship Operations


Looking at ship operations for floating offshore wind, and how these can be more automated or remote controlled.

Offshore wind is seen as the most important segment for the cluster in the coming years, and an increasing global focus on floating offshore wind means that the cluster's players have a unique opportunity to take large global market shares. Today, the biggest expenditure item for the shipping companies is costs related to crew. Therefore, streamlining the operations will be essential for the cluster gas players to take these market positions.

The world's pressent offshore wind farms mainly consist of bottom-fixed installations, where the cluster's shipping companies have a good market position and a well-adapted fleet.
Many of the future developments in the world are now aimed at floating offshore wind. This will entail more anchoring and subsea operations, where the cluster's shipping companies must also be well equipped due to their offshore expertise.
It will be important for the cluster to support the development of this business. The goal is for the shipping companies to succeed in the same way as they did in the offshore oil&gas segments. One of the biggest barriers to this is the operating costs associated with crews and in this connection it is believed that digitization and in particular automated and remotely controlled operations can help to drastically reduce both operating costs and climate emissions.

This project will study these operations. An eventual main project is thought to be financed through national funding sources and will address a set of issues such as (not intended as an exhaustive list):
  • Demonstrate that at least one of these operations can be remotely controlled from land.
  • Facilitate adaptations in regulations etc.
  • Contribute to defining the land-based control center of the future for offshore wind operations.


Knut Tore Aurdal