The Finnish Shipowners’ Association (FSA) has partnered with the One Sea Ecosystem — an international consortium of companies aiming to commercialize autonomous shipping — to realize this goal by 2025.
The 100-year-old FSA represents 25 Finnish shipping companies and more than 100 vessels. One Sea’s partners include ABB, Cargotec, Ericsson, Finferries, Finnpilot Pilotage, Meyer Turku, Rolls-Royce, Tieto, Wärtsilä and DIMECC Ltd.
The partnership will strive to create safer and more energy-efficient shipping through the deployment of autonomous technologies. Ship owners will also find that digitalization and automation of operating processes make a vessel more cost-effective, according to FSA CEO Tiina Tuurnala.
“We’re heading toward a future where seafaring is considerably more energy-efficient and more sustainable,” she says. “Digitalization also means constantly improving safety. One Sea is a uniquely qualified ecosystem to which we’re now able to bring our own remarkable seafaring expertise and the perspective of shipowners.”
The One Sea Ecosystem is financed by Business Finland, a public funding agency, as well as its participating companies.
“Our goal is extremely ambitious,” says One Sea leader Päivi Haikkola. “We aim to be the guiding star of international shipping. The possibilities are there, all the participants in the ecosystem are the best in their fields. The input of the ship owners to our joint developing is invaluable.”