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Rolls-Royce and Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) have completed a pilot project aboard a 165m passenger ferry, Sunflower Gold, testing the applicability of Intelligent Awareness and machine learning technologies to maritime operations.

Tuesday, 04 September 2018 11:26

Iridium to support autonomous ship development

Iridium reports that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Rolls-Royce Marine (RRM), currently in the process of being acquired by Kongsberg, to support RRM’s autonomous vessel development programme by integrating L-band satellite services on Iridium’s forthcoming Certus network into the RRM range of Ship Intelligence systems.

Rolls-Royce reports that it has signed a new agreement with Associated British Ports (ABP) and global towage operator Svitzer, part of the Maersk Group, to develop a range of digitisation and ship intelligence systems for use in port operations.

Kongsberg has agreed a £500 million deal to acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine, buying the marine products, systems and aftermarket services operations put up for sale by Rolls-Royce after the UK company conducted a strategic review of its business at the beginning of the year and decided to narrow its focus to concentrate on the aerospace, defence and power systems markets.

Rolls-Royce and Finnish shipowner Finferries report that they have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop new decision support systems for marine operations, as well as agreeing to work together on demonstrations of remote and autonomous ferry technologies.

Thirteen new environmentally friendly ferries being built for the Norwegian company Fjord1 are to be installed with Autocrossing systems from Rolls-Royce Marine, following the agreement of a new contract.

A new initiative to create an open source digital platform for the creation of ‘digital twins’ for ships has been launched, with a ceremony at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre in Ålesund, Norway.

Rolls-Royce reports that results from the £1.3 million MAXCMAS (MAchine eXecutable Collision regulations for Marine Autonomous Systems) research project have demonstrated that the operation of autonomous vessels can meet, if not exceed, current collision avoidance (COLREG) rules.

Rolls-Royce has introduced a new system to improve situational awareness for navigators operating vessels at night, in adverse weather conditions or in congested waterways, which works by fusing sensor data with intelligent software to provide bridge crews with a more detailed understanding of events unfolding around them than what would be possible with the naked eye.

Rolls-Royce has opened a new research facility in Turku, Finland, to focus on technologies to support the growth of autonomous systems in the global shipping industry.

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