MAS400 Project

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship project, which started in 2019, developed one of the pioneering autonomous vessels. The challenge set by our team mirrored the iconic journey of the original Mayflower, which originated from Plymouth UK, and carried the settlers of the initial European colony of Plymouth (MA) to the New World in 1620. This ambitious initiative is a collaborative effort involving organizations such as ProMare, IBM, and a variety of industry and academic partners.
At its core, the project focused on developing a vessel capable of traversing the Atlantic Ocean autonomously, devoid of any human intervention. It relies on cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and advanced sensor systems to navigate and make decisions in real-time. Beyond its autonomous capabilities, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship is equipped with an array of sensors and scientific instruments aimed at collecting data on oceanographic and environmental variables. This data collection serves scientific research purposes, contributing valuable insights into climate change, ocean health, and marine biodiversity.
In addition to its scientific objectives, the project seeks to engage and educate the public about autonomous technology and ocean research and conservation. The development of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship represents a significant feat in technological innovation, pushing the boundaries of robotics, marine engineering, and AI technologies. By bringing together expertise from various sectors, the project facilitates collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge.
Moreover, the project serves as a tribute to history, honouring the legacy of the original Mayflower voyage while showcasing the remarkable progress made in maritime technology over the centuries. Overall, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship project stands as a pioneering endeavour that combines scientific exploration, educational outreach, and historical reverence, while pushing forward the frontiers of autonomous maritime technology.
To find out more about the development of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship, the story of its solo Atlantic Crossing, and the projects the ship is taking part in, visit

Challenger 2025

In the summer of 2025, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship will embark on an ambitious mission to revisit many of the original research sites in the North Atlantic that were explored 150 years ago by the Challenger Expedition. This groundbreaking project aims to compare historical and contemporary data, providing valuable insights into the changes in oceanic conditions over the past century and a half. The mission will be conducted live on the internet, allowing the public to follow along in real-time and engage with the discoveries as they happen. This endeavor promises to bridge the past and present of oceanography, highlighting the advancements in marine science and technology.

Stay connected with the latest developments and expeditions of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS400) through a live dashboard accessible to the general public. Whenever the ship is active, the live page is activated, providing real-time updates on ongoing projects and future missions. For the most comprehensive coverage and timely notifications, follow MAS400 on social media platforms. Stay informed about the groundbreaking achievements and adventures of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship as it navigates the seas of innovation and exploration. Join us in charting the course of the future of autonomous maritime technology.

WHOI – ProMare Collaboration

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship will be returning this summer to conduct ocean research projects along the northeastern coast of the United States. Equipped with advanced data collection and analysis capabilities, this innovative vessel will aid marine scientists in better understanding ocean ecosystems. Its autonomous technology allows for extended and detailed research without human intervention. The findings from these projects are crucial for preserving ocean health and ensuring the sustainable management of marine resources.

Since its inception, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project has generated a wealth of visual and published material documenting its journey and achievements. Access a comprehensive collection of these resources through the dedicated page: For further inquiries or to access additional project resources, please reach out to Delve into the fascinating evolution of the project, from its inception to its current endeavors, and explore the innovative advancements shaping the future of autonomous maritime exploration.

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship: Building the World’s First Fully Autonomous Research Ship – Kindle Edition

This is the story about the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS). In 2022 it became the first autonomous ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean, after several years of trials and development.

With no human captain or onboard crew, MAS uses the power of AI and automation to traverse the ocean in its quest for data and discovery.

The ship’s AI Captain performs a similar role to a human captain. Assimilating data from a number of sources, it constantly assesses its route, status and mission, and makes decisions about what to do next. Cameras and computer vision systems scan the horizon for hazards, and streams of meteorological data reveal potentially dangerous storms. Machine learning and automation software ensure that decisions are safe and in-line with collision regulations.

This peopleless ship will continue to bring people together to define a new era of shipping and ocean research.

This book is available for purchase on or equivalent amazon shops globally. Proceeds from the sale of this book go towards supporting MAS Projects.