Satellite-AIS data provider exactEarth is to gain CAD$7.2 million (approx. US$5.5m) in investment over three years from the Government of Canada, to support the development, management and expansion of exactView RT, the company’s real-time Satellite-AIS service.
The UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Department for Transport (DfT), in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, have successfully secured £1 million to fund research and development into autonomous and ‘smart’ shipping.
Thales Canada reports that it is investing more than $315,000 in a new research project with Virtual Marine of Newfoundland, to improve Virtual Marine’s embedded ship simulation systems.
The Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator has opened a call to find new innovations to improve safety of life and assets, with up to four start-up winners to receive trial funding for their systems under separate categories.
Wilhelmsen Ships Service reports that it has been selected to join a Singaporean government project to develop the future Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) regulatory framework for the city-state, and will receive dedicated funding for its proposed shore-to-ship delivery system as part of the programme.
Kongsberg has agreed a £500 million deal to acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine, buying the marine products, systems and aftermarket services operations put up for sale by Rolls-Royce after the UK company conducted a strategic review of its business at the beginning of the year and decided to narrow its focus to concentrate on the aerospace, defence and power systems markets.
UK-based start-up CargoMate, developer of a port call optimisation platform for container ships, reports that it has raised £500,000 through a seed investment round to continue development of the technology.
Maritime software company NAPA, owned by ClassNK, reports that it has received funding from INTENS, a VTT-coordinated Finnish research-industry collaborative consortium, to support its work improving vessel technical and operational performance and lowering ships’ emissions.
Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) and Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC) have announced a funding partnership to set up Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), a new research initiative to explore the potential application of blockchain technologies in the global maritime industry.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is set to launch a new Maritime Transformation Programme (MTP) and Singapore Maritime Data Hub (SG-MDH), as part of its efforts to build a support ecosystem for innovation and R&D in the port city.
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