Another interesting article.
I've done tech support for ships for 16 years and more. I managed the largest ship we had, a mid sized ship and a couple of puddle jumpers. The small ones were far and away the most difficult because they could be considered training ships for new CEs. Not only did you have to manage the ship, you also helped the CE with some of the ship issues. It was difficult and time consuming, mainly because I didn't necessarily have the in depth knowledge of that engine room to give specific help.
So. Now they're talking no crew. Run the ship like a drone. I can just see some genius level geek saying, you know, we can do this. Just because you can, doesn't mean it's a good idea. We all know what happens when the technology starts to go wonky.http://maritime-executive.com/editorials/would-autonomous-ships-be-good-for-society