Wärtsilä and Tieto are creating world’s first autonomous maritime transport ecosystem

Wärtsilä and Tieto are creating world’s first autonomous maritime transport ecosystem

Sep 27, 2016
Smart transport & logistics
Marine & shipping

Wärtsilä and Tieto are participating in a program creating the first autonomous marine transport ecosystem with other maritime industry and ICT heavy-hitters, including Rolls-Royce, Cargotec, Ericsson and Meyer Turku. 

Wärtsilä’s strong commitment to developing the technologies, the system reliability, and the essential designs to enable the viability of autonomous shipping is again emphasised through its participation in an important research programme. Together with other leading marine sector and ICT companies, Wärtsilä is supporting a project aimed at creating the world’s first autonomous marine transport system.

The initial focus will be on developing a fully autonomous system for the Baltic Sea by the year 2025, with cargo ships and freight transportation being the first pilot applications. The programme is being largely financed by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for innovation and the ecosystem platform is being handled by DIMECC, a leading breakthrough oriented co-creation ecosystem provider.

"Wärtsilä is contributing its technological know-how and experience and fully supports the project’s goals. We are happy to work and cooperate with other industry players for the ultimate benefit of the industry as a whole," says Mikael Simelius, Vice President, Marketing, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

Wärtsilä believes that artificial intelligence, robotics, and remote connections will play an important role in the shipping industry’s future as a means towards increasing efficiency and lowering operating costs. The company is committed to developing a strong digital offering and has recently acquired Eniram, a leading provider of energy management and vessel performance systems, as well as launching its updated Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum platform of navigation, automation, and control systems.

Wärtsilä was recently ranked in Forbes's Global 2000, the list of the world's biggest companies, and selected in Maritime Engineering Innovation Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards 2016.

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Source: Wärtsilä

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