“The Norwegian maritime cluster, which Kongsberg is part of, is the world leader in autonomous shipping. Now we are further strengthening our position through the AUTOSHIP project which will accelerate the realisation of next-generation autonomous ships and create a roadmap for commercialising autonomous shipping in the EU in the next five years,” says Egil Haugsdal, CEO of Kongsberg Maritime.AUTOSHIP, a four-year Horizon 2020 project, is a collaboration between Kongsberg and Norway’s research organisation, SINTEF, as well as several European partners, including support from the Research Council of Norway.“ The race is underway internationally. The technology contributes to safer, more efficient and sustainable operations at sea, both in transport and aquaculture. The project now receives one of the largest allocations from the EU’s Horizon 2020 program to a Norwegian player ever. This is a NOK 200 million mark of quality,” says Iselin Nybø, Norway’s Minister of Research and Higher Education.General cargo vessel Eidsvaag Pioneer is one of the two vessels that will now be equipped for remote-operated and autonomous maritime transport. This ship is owned by the Eidsvaag shipping company and operates along the Norwegian coast and in vulnerable fjord areas where it carries fish feed to fish-farms.According to Kongsberg, markets for both short sea coastal shipping and transport on inland waterways are expected to explode in the next few years, both in Norway, Europe, and worldwide.“We will demonstrate that it is possible to remotely operate several ships from land and over large geographical areas. The technology is used in different ways on the vessel to show that the solutions can be applied widely. This is a market with significant potential,” says Haugsdal.As explained, the aim of the project is to test and further develop key technology linked to fully autonomous navigation systems, intelligent machinery systems, self-diagnostics, prognostics and operation scheduling, as well as communication technology enabling a prominent level of cybersecurity and integrating the vessels into upgraded e-infrastructure.“We will contribute by developing cloud-based communications systems and advanced simulations to test and ensure that the autonomous vessels operate safely and optimally,” says Hege Skryseth, the CEO of Kongsberg Digital.The other vessel to be equipped with autonomous technology is a Belgian pallet shuttle barge owned by Blue Line Logistics NV. The ship operates on canals in Europe, transporting goods to and from large container ports.The cluster believes Europe’s inland waterways can achieve major environmental gains by using new technology.Kongsberg added that an autonomous barge in operation is expected to take around 7,500 trucks off the roads each year, resulting in reductions in both traffic congestion and emissions. The autonomous-ship project being developed by the Norwegian maritime cluster has received around EUR 20.1 million (USD 22 million), one of the largest grants ever given to Norwegian players, from Horizon 2020, an EU research program.Under the project, Kongsberg is going to install and test autonomous technology on two vessels in different operational environments. The two autonomous vessels will be demonstrated for use especially in short sea coastal shipping and Europe’s inland waterways.
COMMENT Last Updated: 20th August, 2020 08:49 IST Yelich Homers, Anderson Solid As Brewers Beat Twins 9-3 Christian Yelich hit one of Milwaukee’s four homers, Brett Anderson pitched six strong innings and the Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Wednesday night Written By Associated Press Television News Christian Yelich hit one of Milwaukee’s four homers, Brett Anderson pitched six strong innings and the Brewers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-3 on Wednesday night.Avisaíl García, Ryan Braun and Keston Hiura also homered as Milwaukee tied a season high in runs and home runs a night after nearly being no-hit by Twins starter Kenta Maeda. The Brewers also earned seven walks.Anderson (1-2) posted his longest outing of the season, giving up five hits and a run with five strikeouts.Minnesota left-hander Rich Hill (1-1) allowed four runs, four hits, and three walks in 2 2/3 innings after being reinstated from the injured list.Hill cruised through the first two innings on just 16 pitches, but he couldn’t finish the third in his second start of the season after being sidelined 19 games with left shoulder fatigue.The first of Hill’s three walks in the third started the onslaught. Hill let out a loud expletive after walking Orlando Arcia, and Braun followed with his first home run of the season. García singled home two more runs, ending Hill’s night early.Yelich homered to start the scoring in a four-run fifth inning. Braun singled in front of Yelich’s sixth homer of the year. In his past 10 games, Yelich is hitting .324 with three homers and eight RBIs. The 2018 NL MVP hit .037 in his first six games of the season.García hit his second home run of the season and Hiura connected for his sixth off position player Ehire Adrianza pitching in the ninth.Anderson was in cruise control for his best outing in his first season with Milwaukee. He allowed an RBI single to Eddie Rosario in the second and worked around two hits in the fourth. He hadn’t pitched more than 4 1/3 innings in his first three starts of the year.FREE PASSESTwins pitchers entered the day with the fourth-fewest walks of any team in the majors that had played at least 20 games. Lewis Thorpe added three walks in four innings of relief as Minnesota issued a season-high in free passes.TRAINER’S ROOMTwins: C Mitch Garver was replaced by Alex Avila after striking out in the sixth. Garver grabbed his side after the swing, and the team said he has right side soreness. … 2B Luis Arraez was held out of Wednesday’s game with what Rocco Baldelli termed “patellar soreness” in his left knee. Baldelli said Arraez has been dealing with the issue over the course of the season. Arraez, who was pulled from Tuesday’s game, had imaging on the knee done on Wednesday that showed a “lighter issue,” according to Baldelli.UP NEXTRHP Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 3.16 ERA) will start the series finale for Milwaukee on Thursday. Minnesota counters with RHP José Berríos (1-3, 5.92). Woodruff allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start against the Chicago Cubs and hasn’t finished the fifth inning in his past two outings. Berríos has given up eight runs in 9 1/3 innings over his past two starts.Image credits: AP First Published: 20th August, 2020 08:49 IST FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE
BASEBALL: Dodgers’ young setup man has no answers after allowing a late homer to Hawpe. By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER DENVER – The intensity and the desire might have been there all night, but afterward, the disappointment wasn’t. Not that it was that difficult to figure out. “Baseball is always going to catch up with you,” Broxton said. “I’m just going through a little struggle right now, and I just have to get over the hump.” This is the same Broxton who routinely pitches in the mid- to high-90 mph range, whose stuff is devastating enough to make him one of the league’s most feared setup men. This also is the same Broxton who gave up exactly one home run between opening day and the end of August, a harmless solo shot by Philadelphia’s Tadahito Iguchi on Aug. 23 that ended a stretch of more than a year since anyone had last taken Broxton deep. In these first three weeks of September, though, Broxton has given up five home runs over a stretch of 12 appearances totaling nine innings, during which he also has allowed nine earned runs. He has given up game-winning homers to San Francisco’s Daniel Ortmeier on Sept. 7, the Giants’ Ray Durham on Sept. 9 and now Hawpe. He gave up what would have been a game-winning homer to Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano on Sept. 6 if Andre Ethier hadn’t answered with a shot of his own in the top of the ninth. The reasons for Broxton’s sudden tendency to get lit up like the Las Vegas strip depend largely upon whom you ask. “He is finding out that the league is adjusting to him,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “There is no doubt in my mind that he will do a good job of adjusting back. His stuff is there, so it’s not a fatigue situation.” Broxton, whose 80 appearances are a professional career high even if his 79 innings aren’t, tells a slightly different story. “I’m a little sore,” he said. “I can tell it’s September. I can tell by my location, especially on the breaking ball. But part of baseball is that you have to learn how to get through a whole season and pitch with a lot of appearances.” Broxton’s struggles aren’t coming at an especially bad time, at least not anymore. The Dodgers (79-73) aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt, but they might as well be, and they have fallen a game behind the resurgent Rockies by losing three in a row to them in a series that concludes this afternoon. Still, this isn’t the way Broxton (4-4) – potentially the Dodgers’ closer in some not-so-distant season when the still-dominating Saito decides to retire – wants to go into the offseason. He is still young enough (23) that the memory of fading down the stretch could haunt him all winter and possibly still be stuck in the back of his mind come spring training. Little has considered using Broxton earlier in games so he can rebuild his confidence in less pressure-packed situations. For now, though, Broxton will stay in his usual role. “We’ll see how he feels (today),” Little said. “If he feels good, look for it.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The funereal silence that had filled the clubhouse the previous evening was noticeably absent, making it clear these Dodgers had reached a point in their season where even the most poorly timed mistakes were no longer critical and even the most devastating defeats no longer carried the same sting. Not that it was any consolation to Jonathan Broxton. The struggling setup man had left yet another pitch in yet another bad location resulting in yet another home run, this time by Colorado right fielder Brad Hawpe in the bottom of the eighth inning. It had all led to yet another, mind-numbing defeat for these lame-duck Dodgers, who dropped into fourth place in the National League West following a 6-5 loss to the Rockies before 26,184 on Wednesday night at Coors Field. The night before, it was Rockies left fielder and likely NL Most Valuable Player Matt Holliday who had taken Broxton deep in the eighth, bringing Colorado to within a run before Takashi Saito gave up a two-run, walkoff blast to Todd Helton an inning later. This time, the Dodgers didn’t have the luxury of a three-run lead when the suddenly vulnerable Broxton jogged in from the bullpen, and this time, it was Broxton who was left standing at his locker, trying to explain what had just happened.