The Research Council of Norway is awarding more than USD 20 million to Norwegian research project Safe Autonomous Ships (SFI Autoship). The strategic research project studies methods and technology for enabling safe and secure autonomous operations of maritime vessels.
A project to demonstrate how autonomous ships and automation in ports can make waterborne transport more flexible and reduce environmental impact has received EUR 7.5 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.
Wärtsilä reports that it has successfully completed a further round of test procedures of its automated dock-to-dock solution, on the 85m ferry ‘Folgefonn’ owned by Norwegian operator Norled.
Norwegian shipping company Grieg Star has opened a new Vessel Support Centre in Bergen, which will leverage hundreds of data sources from its general cargo and bulk carriers to enhance cooperation between ship and shore, and improve decision making across its fleet of approximately 40 vessels.
Norwegian start-up technology firm ScanReach has launched a new safety system called In:Range, used to locate crews on a vessel or offshore installation in real time.
An official autonomous shipping test-bed has opened in Horten, on the coast of Norway, to support the growth in development of new systems for autonomous maritime operations. The new area is open to both Norwegian and international companies to trial new technology and vessels.
Rolls-Royce has opened what it says will be the first in a series of “ship intelligence experience spaces” in Ålesund, Norway, to demonstrate the how the company can apply digital technologies to optimising vessel performance.
Inmarsat has opened a new facility in Ålesund, Norway, at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center (NMCC), to ramp up its work with third party technology companies on development of applications to connect with Fleet Xpress through its Certified Applications Provider (CAP) programme.
Kongsberg Norcontrol reports that it has completed an upgrade of the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s five Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Centres, adding its new C-Scope Decision Support technology and intelligent multi-sensor tracking.
Norwegian companies Kongsberg Seatex and Radionor have partnered to develop Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR), a wireless network at sea that will be made available to ships and planes in public service by Norway’s Coastal Administration and NOFO (Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies).
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