Rolls-Royce and Finferries sign autonomy cooperation agreement
Rolls-Royce and Finnish shipowner Finferries have signed a collaboration agreement to develop joint 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 formally ended in late 2017.
Funded by Business Finland, AAWA brought together a number of stakeholders from a myriad 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.
The cooperation agreement was announced at the Turku Fair and Congress Center, during the NaviGate 2018 exposition.
By Jake Frith
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