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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 

An injection of public funds via Business Finland will contribute to the ecosystem’s work for the next three years, as technology partners push forward with further sea trials and One Sea rolls out its autonomous shipping standards initiative.

The One Sea ecosystem aims to enable autonomous maritime transport by 2025, but it says an array of new technologies and standards are on the horizon as momentum builds to exploit the potential of greater connectivity and digitalisation. While some technologies will take hold, others will become historical footnotes.

“Digital technologies could transform every aspect of shipping and maritime logistics, but these benefits will only be realised through strong cooperation. One Sea was established expressly to facilitate such strategic collaboration,” said Sari Turkkila, Executive Director of Shipbrokers Finland. Shipbrokers Finland represents more than 40 Finnish companies operating in ports and promoting foreign trade. One of its core aims is to find smarter ways of working that are favourable to Finland's foreign trade.

One Sea is led by DIMECC (Digital, Internet, Materials & Engineering Co-Creation), the co-creation platform that seeks to drive digital transformation across European industry. The alliance incorporates high-profile companies working on autonomous solutions and technologies, including ABB, Cargotec, Ericsson, Finnpilot Pilotage, Rolls-Royce Marine, Tieto and Wärtsilä. The Finnish government has strongly supported the development of autonomous shipping through both domestic legislation and international advocacy.

“As the logistics chain becomes more efficient, all Finnish export companies will benefit – and all of Finland will benefit,” said Turkkila. “As we searched for a partner on this critical issue for the maritime industry, it became clear that no single company or organization had the breadth to capture all of the benefits on offer. With One Sea representing the key players in field, DIMECC is the ideal platform for us.”

DIMECC CEO Dr Harri Kulmala added: “Technology is advancing incredibly fast and not a month seems to go by without some major new breakthrough being announced. For this reason, the additional funding commitment from Business Finland and the additional access to operators and technology pioneers gained via Shipbrokers Finland will make it easier for One Sea to maintain an overview as developments unfold and stay at the forefront of smart shipping.”

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