Rolls-Royce and Finnish shipowner Finferries have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop strategies and solutions to optimise the safety and efficiency of marine operations through developing the technology for decision-supporting systems and to demonstrate remote and autonomous ferry operations.
A key focus of the collaboration will be to consider a new research project, called SVAN (Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation), whereby Rolls-Royce and Finferries will look to implement the findings from the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) research project, which ended in late 2017.
Funded by Business Finland, AAWA brought together stakeholders from a range of shipping industry sectors to research the commercial and technical viability of a next generation of advanced ship solutions. Both Rolls-Royce and Finferries were involved in the project.
Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence senior vice president Karno Tenovuo said “This new collaboration agreement could take safer, cleaner shipping to the next level. Rolls-Royce will develop solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of marine operations in the ferry sector, which will be demonstrated in the test platform provided by Finferries.”
Finferries chief executive Mats Rosin added “We are excited to further deepen our collaboration with Rolls-Royce. Finferries wants to actively take part in ventures where cutting-edge technology is utilised to increase the safety in maritime operations. We believe this co-operation will benefit both our customers and the environment as the focus is on increasing reliability of marine traffic.”
The co-operation agreement was announced at the Turku Fair and Congress Centre, during the NaviGate 2018 exposition.