Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and three of its group companies have successfully tested the remote navigation of a tugboat in Tokyo Bay as a part of the Japanese government’s Sea Trial Project on Remote Control Navigation.
The tugboat was equipped with a system that was operated remotely from an operation center in Hyogo, around 400 kilometers away. The vessel was maneuvered approximately 12 kilometers in Tokyo Bay.
NYK has said that it and its group companies will work to overcome ship-to-shore communication issues that were revealed during this experiment, will further improve the system, and aim to start remote navigation tests using domestic coastal ships within this year. Read the article in full here.