Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) will partner with Aalto University to develop technologies aimed at reducing carbon footprints and increasing utilisation of new fuels
The joint long-term programme between industry and academia will begin later this year.
Commenting on this partnership, RMC president and chief executive Jyrki Heinimaa said “We wish to remain at the forefront of new development with regard to constructing passenger car ferries, multipurpose icebreakers and government ships. The environment and safety are important to us.”
RMC said the agreement marks a rise in the profile of university-level education in developing maritime expertise adding that the agreement will also help ensure the maritime sector will continue to benefit from academically trained experts.
The head of Aalto University’s Marine Technology research group, Professor Pentti Kujala said “This agreement will see us continue the close collaboration between the Rauma shipyard and the Otaniemi scientific community that began roughly 40 years ago. The confidence we have built over the years in our joint development work can be put to use as we seek solutions to problems related to ship safety and the environmental impact of ships.”
RMC also signed an MoU with Australian ferry operator TT-Line on two fast car and passenger ferries. RMC said the construction work will start at the beginning of 2021.
The vessels will be built at Rauma shipyard and delivered to TT-Line in Tasmania, Australia, at the end of 2022 and 2023.