Crewless ships to take to the seas
Updated: 11:13 am, Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Engineering giant Rolls-Royce is working with government-backed groups across northern Europe on autonomous ships, which it is aiming to launch by 2020.
The company estimates that the move could cut sea transport costs by as much as 20%.
Rolls-Royce vice president of innovation Oskar Levander said tugboats and ferries will be developed first, ahead of cargo vessels which will sail across international waters.
He said: ‘The development will start in a few countries, and these flag states will give the vessel permission to operate before we have international regulations in place.’