Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Swedish ferry company Stena Line to collaborate in the development of its first intelligent awareness system, fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems like AIS and radar, as well as data from global databases.

Rolls-Royce has announced the latest stage in its research and development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality, confirming that Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation – has agreed to provide “a significant research grant” to fund further investment in an unmanned ship R&D centre in Turku, Finland.

Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have announced a strategic partnership focusing on the design, testing and validation of first generation remote and autonomous ships, with the eventual aim of making such vessels a commercial reality.

Lloyd’s Register (LR) reports that it has joined the MAXCMAS project, a GBP£1.27 million collaborative research project that aims to investigate, develop and implement real-time collision avoidance algorithms for autonomous maritime vessels.

Rolls-Royce has signed a deal to supply its first automatic crossing system to Norwegian ferry company Fjord1, an early step towards the company’s goal of creating fully autonomous vessels.

Friday, 23 September 2016 15:39

Finland backs unmanned vessel development

Finland is throwing its weight behind the development of autonomous ships, with the country aiming to provide the world's first unmanned maritime products, services and ecosystem by 2025.

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract worth about £25 million with the ship building company Kleven in Norway for design and supply of ship equipment to two new Hurtigruten polar cruise vessels, with an option for two additional vessels, to include a complete redesign of the ship bridge environment with a Rolls-Royce Unified Bridge.

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), led by Rolls-Royce, has published a whitepaper outlining the project’s vision of how remote and autonomous shipping will become a reality, which it claims will be “by the end of the decade.”

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) has introduced the project’s first commercial ship operators: ferry operator Finferries and dry bulk cargo carrier ESL Shipping Oy.

DNV GL has introduced its new LNG intelligence portal (LNGi), which aims to bring stakeholders from across the LNG industry together to share market intelligence and contribute to the uptake of LNG as a ship fuel.

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