What is the matter with you people, I don't get it any more! If you don't like sailing yourself, why bother with a boat? And why annoying others who like it out there with some additional floating object, unlit, hardly visible, not answering or being able to help in case assistance is needed?
Whatever we try, in the harsh marine-environment this will only work for a very limited amount of time and then fail. I hope I don't have to remind you that a boat is not a car where you just push it to the side of the road, call roadside assistance and walk off!!
Yes, crewless cargo-ships are getting developed, the US Navy
launched an unmanned monster able to fly across the water with 27 knots and they are even thinking of installing weapons on it! The best joke is the last sentence: "...but if you happen to see an unmanned vessel floating around the California
coast this summer, don’t be alarmed. It’s just an ACTUV ship, waiting to do its duty." Gee, what could possibly go wrong?
Fortunately, and this is the only tiny little straw we've got against it, is the fact that the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the arm of the United Nations overseeing global shipping
, prohibits ship operations without crew. The International Convention for the Safety
of Life at Sea, known as Solas, requires all ships to be “sufficiently and efficiently manned.
Do you realize, if they should let go of this, how things will change out there?
None of us leaves without a proper supply of provisions, water, fuel
, spares and equipment
, we all want to make sure to be prepared to best of our abilities and hope never to get into a state of emergency
. Still, **** happens.
For hundreds of years ships have been helping each other. They were having someone on watch, they would change their course to have a look at a strange lifeless boat bobbing up and down on the waves and actively do something. Thousands of lives have been saved, sometimes with huge risks.
Why? Because we are humans (or we were ...)!
An unmanned vessel is NOT an autonomous vessel, it's just an unmanned vessel. To be autonomous, a living being has to be in it. So, where is this living being on board of ADA?
PS: And actually, I don't like the idea of being fired upon by an out of control vessel heading with 27 knots towards me and, after the sinking of my ship and me on the bottom of the ocean my relatives getting told "oh sorry, it was just a tiny little diode that malfunctioned, caused by manufactural error, and we lost