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One Sea secures funding to boost autonomous ship agenda

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One Sea, an alliance pushing autonomous maritime transport by 2025, has secured new funding and added Shipbrokers Finland as a new partner to support its role as a business ecosystem.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}One Sea, a Finnish collaboration that gathers together marine experts, researchers, and technology companies, will receive an injection of public funds via Business Finland over the next three years to test new solutions at sea with the aim of creating an environment suitable for autonomous ships by 2025.

One Sea, which is led by Digital, Internet, Materials & Engineering Co-Creation (DIMECC) will also roll out an autonomous shipping standards initiative.

The alliance already includes members such as ABB, Cargotec, Ericsson, Finnpilot Pilotage, Rolls-Royce Marine, Tieto and Wärtsilä, all working together to improve autonomous technology for ships. The Finnish government has strongly supported the development of autonomous shipping through both domestic legislation and international advocacy.

“Digital technologies could transform every aspect of shipping and maritime logistics, but these benefits will only be realised through strong cooperation. One Sea was established expressly to facilitate such strategic collaboration,” said Sari Turkkila, executive director, Shipbrokers Finland.

One Sea ecosystem lead Päivi Haikkola from DIMECC, added: “We intend to keep working in the same cost-effective manner we have followed from day one, diligently exploiting our own resources and collaborative capabilities as much as possible. The continuing funding from Business Finland supports our co-creation platform until 2021 in sustaining its mission on all fronts. We have come together to pursue a unique opportunity – one which promises to generate millions, if not billions, of Euros in new business value.”

Dr Harri Kulmala, CEO, DIMECC, stated: “Technology is advancing incredibly fast and not a month seems to go by without some major new breakthrough being announced. For this reason, the additional funding commitment from Business Finland and the additional access to operators and technology pioneers gained via Shipbrokers Finland will make it easier for One Sea to maintain an overview as developments unfold and stay at the forefront smart shipping.”{/mprestriction}

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