Tech Talk: The Machine Odyssey Blog

Tech Talk: The Machine Odyssey Blog

A Look Back At The History-Making Machine Odyssey

On September 30, 2021, Sea Machines set out to prove that the world’s waterways are primed and ready for autonomy by undertaking the longest autonomous journey at sea, 1,000 NM. Autonomy is retooling the world’s fleets to operate more safely and seamlessly, and provide our growing global society with greater access to the oceanic 70 percent of the planet. Seventeen days later, on October 15, in the waterways of Gluckstadt, Denmark, the company’s remotely-commanded, autonomous Nellie Bly crossed over the company’s ambitious goal line, claiming success and setting a world record while collecting significant data at sea.

Partner Interviews: Bureau Veritas & Vodafone

Blog highlight: In a challenging industry like ours, missions go smoothly when you select the right partners and collaborate. Get to know our partners who are developing a robust set of standards that enable new technologies to be safely implemented and providing 4G/LTE near shore connectivity to ensure reliable at-sea communications.

In this Q&A, Sea Machines interviews Bureau Veritas and Vodafone, about their decisions to support The Machine Odyssey and how their services support our mission and the next generation of autonomous operations.

Sea Machines uses Biofuel to Power Tug Nellie Bly on Long-Haul Autonomous Journey

(Copenhagen, Denmark; October 14, 2021) – To reduce the number of harmful emissions produced as it achieves the world record for the longest autonomous mission at sea, Sea Machines Robotics, a leading developer of autonomous command and advanced perception systems, is utilizing renewable Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) biofuel, sourced by Bunker One in Denmark, to power its autonomous Nellie Bly tugboat. Operating under the project name The Machine Odyssey, this vessel is approaching the final leg of its 1,020 NM total mission, which began in Germany and made stops in Denmark before starting the return loop.

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