The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications has announced it plans to create the world’s first fully autonomous maritime products, services and vivid ecosystem by 2025; this plan includes enabling the testing of autonomous vessels in Finland by the Ministry of Transport.
Empowering the digitalization and harvesting effectively its benefits is priority area in the Governmental Program of Finland. Digitalization has also a strong role in the development of the competitiveness of the Finnish maritime cluster. Autonomous maritime ecosystem is a concrete action of Finnish digitalization strategy and Finnish Marine Industries envisioning.
The players in the business ecosystem include global leaders like Rolls Royce as well as numerous innovative ICT companies.
Piia Moilanen, Programme Manager from the project financier Tekes, said: “We are especially enthusiastic about colliding our world class ICT start-up scene with strong maritime players. New networks will boost exchanging ideas and create pioneering community for intelligent shipping”
In practice, the initiative will create a common roadmap for reaching autonomous marine operations and enables effective co-operation and coordinated development between industry, research institutes, class societies and authorities. The roadmap creation and implementation is steered by a group of leading industry partners.