Norwegian firm gets approval for uncrewed vessels

Norway-based Maritime Robotics has obtained approval to set up a freight route for uncrewed vessels in the Trondheimsfjord in Norway, the company said last week.

It said that it had obtained approval from the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, and that as a result the company would now operate its “environmentally friendly and sustainable” uncrewed surface vehicles (USV) to transport goods and equipment between its headquarters in Trondheim and production premises in Vanvikan, which is located on the Fosenhalvøya.

Eirik Hovstein, COO of Maritime Robotics, said the approval marked a significant milestone for the establishment of laws and regulations that enabled launched drones to participate in ordinary traffic at sea. “Norway is a pioneering country in the development of autonomous vessels and laws and regulations must be updated to make use of the new opportunities this development offers.”