One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem grows

Finnpilot Pilotage, a company offering piloting services in Finland and Finferries, the market leader in ferry and commuter ferry operations in Finland, join One Sea Ecosystem. Both companies aim to introduce autonomous technologies into their operations. By joining One Sea, they become partners with the forerunners of maritime autonomy. The DIMECC led ecosystem is happy to welcome these new partners with invaluable experience in maritime traffic to the ecosystem.

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications is preparing legislation to enable remote and autonomous piloting of ships in Finland in the future. Finnpilot Pilotage is preparing to answer to that challenge by joining One Sea. The company wants to be internationally recognized for moving pilotage beyond rope ladders to the digital age.

“We are extremely thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute to the maritime future. Finnpilot brings its broad expertise in vessel manoeuvring and fairway navigation to the One Sea project, expertise that no other organization in Finland possesses. We employ 150 professional master mariners, whose competence will benefit the project, thereby furthering the development of an autonomous maritime ecosystem. Finnpilot’s own objective is to work collaboratively with different actors to create a functional electronic pilotage concept”, says Kari Kosonen the CEO of Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd.

Finnpilot’s new pilot boat © Finnpilot Pilotage

 

Finferries operates in coastal and inland waterways of Finland providing ferry and commuter ferry transportation serving annually 10 million customers and 4 million vehicles. Finferries’ goal is to modernize their fleet. A part of that work is incorporating latest technologies on their newbuildings, as well as their existing fleet. The technologies are expected to increase the safety of the passengers, as well as ensure the best possible services to the customers living in remote locations accessible only by ferries. The focus is also heavily on developing the concept of clean shipping.

“As a modern ferry operator joining the One Sea Ecosystem was the next natural step for Finferries. We were the first to bring an environmentally friendly battery hybrid ferry to Finland and our vessels have also been used as a test environment in the AAWA-project. We are proud to take part in collaborations where cutting-edge technology is utilized to improve the safety and sustainability in maritime operations”, says Mats Rosin, the CEO of Finferries.

Finferries’ new hybridferry Elektra © Finferries

 

Chairman of the One Sea Management Board, Mr. Sauli Eloranta is thrilled about the new ecosystem members. “The new partners bring in a new dimension to the ecosystem, representing business areas that are crucial for the ecosystem. It is vital to have ship owner’s perspective within the ecosystem work and an innovative piloting company to offer inspiring testing possibilities.”

The One Sea ecosystem, founded in 2016, represents exceptionally advanced co-creation where global leaders in their industries work to reach their joint goal of autonomous traffic. The founding partners in the One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem are: ABB, Cargotec (MacGregor and Kalmar), Ericsson, Meyer Turku, Rolls-Royce, Tieto and Wärtsilä. The association of Finnish Marine Industries supports the work, and the Finnish funding agency TEKES has invested in the ecosystem. The leader of One Sea is DIMECC.

 

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More information:
Päivi Haikkola, Ecosystem Lead, DIMECC Ltd, +358 40 503 8085, paivi.haikkola@dimecc.com
Jukka Merenluoto, Ecosystem Lead, DIMECC Ltd, +358 40 670 0403, jukka.merenluoto@dimecc.com
Harri Kulmala, CEO, DIMECC Ltd, +358 40 840 6380, harri.kulmala@dimecc.com

 

The partners in the One Sea – Autonomous Maritime Ecosystem:

ABB
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. www.abb.com

Cargotec
Cargotec (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) enables smarter cargo flow for a better every day with its leading cargo handling solutions and services. Cargotec’s business areas Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor are pioneers in their fields. Through their unique position in ports, at sea and on roads, they optimize global cargo flows and create sustainable customer value. Cargotec’s sales in 2016 totaled approximately EUR 3.5 billion and it employs over 11,000 people. www.cargotec.com

Ericsson
Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. www.ericsson.com

Finferries
Finferries (Suomen Lauttaliikenne Group) is a state-owned operator of ferry services in Finland. Finferries has over 300 employees working on 44 routes around the country. The head office is located in Turku, with a branch office in Savonlinna. Finferries runs its 24/7 operation according to the three core values: Safety, Service-mindedness and Profitability. Finferries’ vessels carry about 4 million vehicles and 10 million passengers each year. Finferries’ latest newbuilding Elektra is Finland’s first battery driven hybrid ferry, with battery packs charged directly from the grid. Elektra represents a milestone on the path towards clean shipping. www.finferries.fi

Finnpilot Pilotage
Finnpilot Pilotage’s mission is to ensure the safe and smooth flow of maritime traffic. Their work reduces environmental accidents. The company employs over 300 pilotage professionals, who work 24/7 to carry out approximately 25,000 pilotage assignments each year. The company pilots 32% of the ships entering all Finland’s ports from more than one thousand different fairways, working tirelessly to provide the safest, highest quality service to their customers. www.finnpilot.fi

Meyer Turku
Meyer Turku Oy employs over 1,800 persons and specializes in building highly complex, innovative and environmentally friendly cruise ships, car-passenger ferries and special vessels. Together with two sister shipyards in Germany, Meyer Werft in Papenburg and Neptun Werft in Rostock, Meyer Turku is one of the world’s leading cruise ship builders. The successful shipbuilding tradition in Turku has been continuing since 1737. The company is currently building cruise ships for TUI Cruises. The company will also build two cruise ships for Costa Crociere, Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean International. www.meyerturku.fi

Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defense Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems. www.rolls-royce.com

Tieto
Tieto aims to capture the significant opportunities of the data-driven world and turn them into lifelong value for people, business and society. We aim to be customers’ first choice for business renewal by combining our software and services capabilities with a strong drive for co-innovation and ecosystems. www.tieto.com

Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasizing sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.wartsila.com

DIMECC
DIMECC Ltd. is the leading co-creation platform for digital transformation. DIMECC combines the leading companies from manufacturing and digital industries to the academic research. DIMECC’s customers outperformed the non-customers from respective industries during 2009-2014 by all financial measures. www.dimecc.com

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