Rolls-Royce forms autonomous shipping centre in Turku

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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