New Autonomous Vessel Could Take Up Duty Guarding Offshore Wind
This article describes how "a group of technology companies and researchers released a concept
design for a new autonomous guard vessel for offshore
installations like wind
farms. Manned guard vessels pose several operational challenges, including the cost and the dull nature of the task, which makes it difficult to recruit and retain qualified mariners.
The consortium - C-Job Naval Architects, LISA Community, Seazip Offshore Service
, Sea Machines, MARIN and eL-Tec Elektrotechnologie - have proposed an autonomous, battery-electric design that would reduce the size and cost of the guard vessel platform."
How would you like to be cruising along and escorted out of the area by an unmanned vessel. They didn't say what kind of teeth they will be putting on this autonomous guard vessel.