Rolls-Royce Plots Further Ship Intelligence R&D

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Posted by Eric Haun

Rolls-Royce has announced the latest stage in its research and
development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a
reality and reap the benefits of increasing digitalization in the
marine industry.

The company said it is looking to develop partnerships and
opportunities with other organizations around the world to,
create the capability, competencies and jobs to supply the
technology and components required.

Today, the latest part of that program has been confirmed with
the announcement, in Finland, of a significant research grant by
Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The funding
will enable Rolls-Royce to invest further in a research and
development centre in Turku, Finland. The company plans to carry
out further development projects there focused on the future
development of land-based control centers, and the use of
artificial intelligence in future remote and autonomous shipping
operations.

Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, President - Marine said,
"Digitalization will transform the shipping industry in the years
ahead, and the time is now right to set out how we are going to
make this happen. Over the coming years we need to invest
globally to develop the required capabilities and to establish a
range of market-ready products and systems to take advantage of
what is a significant global market opportunity.

"By combining our world leading capability and knowledge, with a
clear plan of where we need to go next, we can work with our
customers, governments and our global academic research network
to develop and bring to market the advanced technology, products
and supporting services needed both 'on-vessel' and 'on-shore' to
make our vision of future remote and autonomous ships a reality."

In Norway, the company is currently investing in a range of
R&D projects, which will include a new Marine Fleet
Management Centre in Aalesund, to allow remote monitoring, data
analysis, optimization of ships and their on board equipment. The
centre will allow Rolls-Royce to extend its 'Power by the Hour'
concept, already proven in its Aerospace business, to serve the
marine sector. 'Power by the Hour' is a new service to be
delivered from the Marine division of Rolls-Royce which makes use
of 'big data' to monitor, plan and perform maintenance and
repairs on onboard ship equipment.

Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director, Digital & Systems -
Marine, added, "We are pleased to see the establishment of a
centre for Remote Control & Autonomous Ships in Finland, and
welcome the continued support from Tekes. We are looking at
further funding and capability opportunities in countries
including Finland, Norway, U.K. and Singapore to develop our ship
intelligence technology and build customer partnerships
worldwide.

"By drawing on our existing capabilities in our Marine business,
together with the global expertise we have across the Rolls-Royce
Group and our relationships with partners, we believe we can
secure up to £200 million of investment to revolutionize
shipping."

Mar 8, 2017

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