15 September

Sea drones: a toy or the technology of the future

The crew of the average merchant vessel of the year in commercial production in 1860 is about 250 people. In 1880 there were about 140 people. By 1900, when steamships forced out the sailboats, it finally fell to 100 people. The crew of the diesel commercial vessel in the middle of the 20th century is about 40 people. At the turn of the new millennium, with an average container carrier, a crew of 16 people could quite cope. It is natural to ask: will the time come when the seaman’s profession will disappear, since the traditional drone ships will be replaced by naval drones?

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