In Russia will create an unmanned tanker to operate in the Arctic

В России создадут беспилотный танкер для работы в Арктике

In Russia will develop innovative unmanned tankers and gas carriers for the development of Northern deposits of hydrocarbons. Using computer vision and satellite images they will be able to assess their environment and make their own decisions about manoeuvres. On 8 November, “Izvestia” reported in the shipping company Sovkomflot.

At the moment as prototype designers use the tanker “Mikhail Ulyanov” in the future innovation system will be implemented on one of the LNG carriers for the project “Arctic LNG 2”. The descent to the water tanker is scheduled for 2023.

“To teach the technique to act independently, first we need to analyze how she is moving under human control,” — said Advisor to the Director General of “Sovcomflot” Alexander Andreev. According to him, on several ships were equipped with plenty of cameras and sensors, locking systems, then there is a learning artificial intelligence system, which in future will be able to maintain control.

As stated by the General Director of the branch center “Marinette” Alexander Pinsky, the unmanned vessels will also be able to automatically make decisions on manoeuvring and passing other vehicles.

The expert noted that the project will be implemented in stages. So, in the beginning the crew will be reduced from 25 to 13 people to be released from permanent watch duty. The next stage would be built a completely unmanned ship, which will require implementation of changes in the international regulatory framework.

Despite the existence of similar projects in other countries, experts emphasize the uniqueness of the Russian experience.

“In the development of the technologies involved in these commercial court of three shipping companies of different types operating under different conditions (including in the Arctic). So far in this scale for this problem yet no one was taken,” — said Pinsky.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in April said that in the North of Russia will be built a LNG — the Yamal LNG project and “Arctic LNG”. Also consider the possibility of extending the project for liquefied natural gas “Sakhalin-2”.

The project “Arctic LNG 2” mining and fuel production on the Gydan Peninsula involves the construction of three lines for liquefied gas with total capacity of 19.8 million t of LNG per year. Its cost is estimated at $25.5 billion the start of the first pipeline is planned for 2023.


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