An autonomously controlled vessel is operating today - maritime automation takes another step forward

12/11/18, 11:00 AM

Concrete trials like this push traffic automation forward. An important demonstration in the field of shipping took place today, when an autonomously controlled ferryboat ran between Parainen and Nauvo. Finland is one of the world’s leading countries in maritime automation.

Today, 3rd December 2018, an autonomously controlled ferryboat was operated between Parainen and Nauvo. The trial was carried out by Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries.

"Trafi has followed the project’s design and implementation arrangements. We want to contribute to the automation of maritime navigation and to ensure that both autonomous and remote-controlled journeys are carried out safely and in accordance with regulations,“ says Department Manager Juha-Matti Korsi.

Finland promotes autonomous maritime development in international sectors

Practical trials are important steps in increasing maritime digitalisation and automation. Finland is actively engaged in the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and in the EU for the modernisation of international maritime legislation.

"Our goals are to promote digitalisation, automation and the use of new technology, as well as ensuring maritime safety. In developing legislation, we need concrete, successful trials to demonstrate the functionality and safety of new practices," says Trafi’s Maritime Director Tuomas Routa.

"We can be proud of the fact that our entire maritime cluster and authorities are working hard to promote future maritime opportunities. Together, we have succeeded in raising Finland to become one of the world's top players in this sector,” Routa emphasises.

Maritime Director Tuomas Routa, tel: 029 5346 456, tuomas.routa (at), Twitter @TuomasRouta
Department Manager Juha-Matti Korsi, tel: 029 5346 437, juha.korsi (at), Twitter @JuhaKorsi