Leading marine technology entrepreneurs and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have joined forces to set up a new company to build ‘emission-free marine mobility solutions’.
Zeabuz intends to sell its ferries, infrastructure and services to coastal cities all around the world.
“Norway has a complete maritime cluster and together with NTNU's world-leading expertise in digitalisation, automation and autonomy, we are creating a new industrial adventure,” explains Bjørn Haugland, former DNV GL executive and chairman of the new company.
NTNU has been at the forefront of R&D in the fields of autonomous ship control and dynamic positioning for many years, and the university says that the new autonomous ferries will be ‘small, electric and on-demand’.
"Autonomy is an excellent fit with electric ferries," says Asgeir Sørensen, director of NTNU's autonomous maritime operations.
"It enables better control, operation, safety and maintenance – and our new autonomous solution will lead the world in the development of self-driving ferries that can safely manoeuvre among other boats, dock to the quay by themselves, and handle passengers safely.
“We are currently working with DNV GL, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate to test two prototypes in Trondheim.
For more information go to: www.zeabuz.com