Damen Tug embarks on the world's first 1,000 NM autonomous voyage
On August 31 Damen announced the sale of the second of the Damen Stan Tugs 1004 to Sea Machines Robotics from Hamburg, Germany. Sea Machines Robotics cooperated with Damen Shipyards Group in their endeavours to convert and operate a fully autonomous demo vessel on very short notice.
Along the way, Nellie Bly, a Damen Stan Tug, will make stops at more than a dozen ports, with scheduled events and SM300 demonstrations planned for Hamburg, Copenhagen and Esbjerg. Though fully autonomous, the vessel will be crewed with Sea Machines mariners, who will be supported by a remote team that will command and control the Nellie Bly from a shoreside station in Boston, Mass.