In September 2023, two ro-ro ships, MARSHAL ROKOSSOVSKY (2021) and GENERAL CHERNYAKHOVSKY (2022), were verified and certified as maritime autonomous and remotely controlled vessels by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.
Both ships had passed a thorough survey in accordance with the Regulations for Classification of Maritime Autonomous and Remotely Controlled Surface Ships (MASS) developed and issued by the RS in 2020, including:
- Autonomous navigation system installed on the ship
- Set of communication equipment and data exchange
- Means of navigation and maneuvering
- Ship power plant
- Remote control station
Upon the verifications, both vessels received MASS Statement of Compliance and were classified as semi-autonomous ships.
Simultaneously, the first Remote Operation Center built in Saint-Petersburg also passed the prescribed survey and received the appropriate Statement of Compliance to control MARSHAL ROKOSSOVSKY and GENERAL CHERNYAKHOVSKY remotely.
Ships’ main dimensions: length overall – 200 m, beam – 27 m, deadweight – 11,900, draught – 6 м, main engine – 2х6,000.