27 Feb 2021

Autonomous ship traces passage of the Mayflower

From Saturday Morning, 10:35 am on 27 February 2021
Andy Stanford-Clark

Andy Stanford-Clark Photo: Supplied

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) is a grass-roots initiative lead by the marine research non-profit organisation ProMare and backed by IBM.

The MAS spends months at sea collecting data and providing information on issues such as global warming, pollution and marine mammal conservation.

The autonomous ship is now preparing for its big expedition - it will launch from Plymouth in the UK and trace the passage of the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts, spending six months gathering data about the state of the ocean.

Andy Stanford-Clark is chief technology officer for IBM in the UK.