Maritime Autonomous and Remotely Controlled Ships are in Service in the Baltic Sea

By 20 October 20232023 Newsletter week 42
October 20, 2023

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.