Rolls-Royce to spend GBP 200m in autonomous shipping

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

09 March 2017


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 digitalisation in the marine industry. The company is looking to develop partnerships and opportunities with other organisations around the world to, create the capability, competencies and jobs to supply the technology and components required. 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, UK 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 £200m of investment to revolutionise shipping.”
Mikael Mäkinen, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine said: “Digitalisation 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.