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Rolls-Royce and Finferries to continue autonomous ship research

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.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}A key focus of the collaboration will be a new research project called SVAN (Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation), which will see the two companies 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 shipping stakeholders to research the commercial and technical viability of advanced ship systems, particularly in the area of autonomous operations. Both Rolls-Royce and Finferries were involved in the project.

“We are extremely pleased that that the collaboration we had with Finferries in the AAWA project is to continue,” said Karno Tenovuo, senior vice president, Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence.

“This new collaboration agreement could take safer, cleaner shipping to the next level. Rolls-Royce will develop solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of marine operations in the ferry sector, which will be demonstrated in the test platform provided by Finferries.”{/mprestriction}

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