Rolls-Royce will establish its Marine R&D Centre for Remote Control & Autonomous Ships and Artificial Intelligence in Turku, Finland. The centre will be opened later this year and further cements the manufacturer as one the main champions of intelligent ships.
Rolls-Royce’s strategic partners will be the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and Tampere University of Technology (TUT), together with numerous SMEs and start-ups specialising in novel technologies.
“Remotely controlled and autonomous ships represent a fundamental change in shipping over the next decade and are driving the digital transformation in the sector,” Rolls-Royce noted in a statement today.
“Finland is the home of top ICT expertise and a strong maritime cluster. That is why Rolls-Royce has decided to establish the centre in Turku”, said Sauli Eloranta, an SVP at Rolls-Royce.
Rolls Royce’s Centre of Excellence for autonomous shipping is collaborating with the Autonomous Shipping Alliance, an ecosystem bringing together global forerunners and ICT start-ups. The aim of the alliance is to provide the world’s first autonomous maritime products, services and a flourishing ecosystem by 2025.