A consortium of industrial companies, research organisations and government authorities has launched a programme to develop autonomous navigation and digitalisation
DIMECC has introduced its Sea for Value programme (S4V) to provide blueprints for digitalisation, information flow and preparing for advanced autonomous operations and navigation. DIMECC S4V will be based on recommendations on regulation, business, data usage and sharing, and standardisation.
It will implement several projects, the first to develop and trial future fairway services including remote pilotage.
Finnpilot Pilotage will test this technology, said its pilotage director Sanna Sonninen. “The aim is to demonstrate and experiment with important milestones on the journey towards a smart and autonomous maritime transport system,” Mr Sonninen said.
Early trials could involve piloting a cruise ship into berth, said shipbuilder Meyer Turku research and development director Kari Sillanpää. “Safer and more efficient solutions are crucial in the cruise business,” said Mr Sillanpää. “We will be working with other partners to ensure the smooth deployment of new technologies.”
DIMECC S4V will allow the programme consortia to tap into new opportunities to create smart, autonomous products and services.
Some of these will be available on the DIMECC-led One Sea ecosystem, an open alliance for global commercial organisations committed to achieving maritime autonomy.
One Sea senior ecosystem lead Jukka Merenluoto said DIMECC S4V pushes One Sea closer to achieving its goals. “Implementing the programme will bring us closer to realising the One Sea vision, which is to deliver an autonomous maritime ecosystem by 2025.”
One Sea ecosystem members include: ABB, Cargotec, Ericsson, Rolls-Royce, Tieto, Wärtsilä and Finnpilot Pilotage. Other partners include Finnish Marine Industries and Finnish Shipowners’ Association.
Meanwhile, Wärtsilä gained DNV GL type-approval and cyber security certification by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for its Translink solution, its connected ECDIS concept.
These certificates validate Translink has the key components in place to ensure secure operations. It has achieved IEC 61162-460, the recognised standard for cyber security for bridge and navigation systems.
Translink is ready to be applied for vessels with the DNV GL’s Cyber Secure class notation for advanced voyage planning and execution.
“Digitalisation offers more efficient and better ways of operating and designing vessel equipment, such as integrated voyage planning including the remote update of ECDIS charts,” says DNV GL group leader for cyber safety and security, Jarle Coll Blomhoff.
“With a third-party cyber verification, vessel owners can take advantage of new technologies with assurance that it follows best practice cyber security design,” he says.
DIMECC S4V programme partners
Industrial partners: Awake.ai, Brighthouse Intelligence, Finnpilot Pilotage, Ericsson, Meyer Turku, Tieto.
Research organisations: Aalto University, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University, University of Jyväskylä, University of Turku.
Government authorities, businesses and associations: Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, The Finnish Border Guard, ESL Shipping, Neste, The Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finnish Shipowners’ Association, Port of Turku, Port of Helsinki, Port of Rauma and Business Finland.