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Unmanned ship partnership for Rolls-Royce and VTT

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.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Rolls-Royce is heavily involved in the development of autonomous ships and believes a remote controlled ship will be in commercial use by the end of the decade. VTT works in ship simulation and will offer expertise in the development and management of safety-critical and complex systems in demanding environments, such as nuclear safety.

VTT’s work combines physical tests such as model and tank testing, with digital technologies, such as data analytics and computer visualisation, as well as the use of field research to incorporate human factors into safe ship design.

In addition, VTT has experience of working with 5G mobile phone technology and Wi-Fi mesh networks as a result of working with the Finnish telecommunications sector, giving it access to the first 5G test network in Finland. 

Rolls-Royce says that the partnership will allow it to assess the performance of remote and autonomous designs through the use of both traditional model tank tests and digital simulation, allowing the company to develop functional, safe and reliable prototypes.

“Remotely operated ships are a key development project for Rolls-Royce Marine, and VTT is a reliable and innovative partner for the development of a smart ship concept,” said Karno Tenovuo, vice president ship intelligence, Rolls-Royce.

“This collaboration is a natural continuation of the earlier User Experience for Complex systems (UXUS) project, where we developed totally new bridge and remote control systems for shipping.”{/mprestriction}

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