One Sea, a group of major exponents of technology applied to autonomous boats, has received new funding to support its role as an entrepreneurial ecosystem while working alongside Shipbrokers Finland as a new partner.
An injection of public funds through Business Finland will contribute to One Sea’s work over the next three years, responding to the willingness of the partners to implement further sea trials.
The aim is to enable autonomous maritime transport by 2025. Many technologies and solutions are possible, while commercial momentum is developing to exploit the potential of increased connectivity and digitization. While some of these technologies will remain and pass the test of time, others will only serve to chart the path.
“Digital technologies could transform every aspect of shipping and maritime logistics, but these benefits will only be realized through strong cooperation. One Sea was established expressly to facilitate such strategic collaboration,” emphasizes Sari Turkkila, Executive Director of Shipbrokers Finland.
Representing more than 40 Finnish companies, Shipbrokers Finland. promotes the search for new and more efficient solutions to improve foreign trade.
One Sea is led by DIMECC Ltd (Digital, Internet, Materials & Engineering Co-Creation), the platform that seeks to drive digital transformation across Europe’s industry.
The alliance already incorporates a group of high-profile companies working on stand-alone solutions and technologies, with members such as ABB, Cargotec, Ericsson, Finnpilot Pilotage, Rolls-Royce Marine, Tieto, and Wärtsilä. The Finnish government has strongly supported the development of autonomous maritime transport, both through national legislation and through international support.
“As the logistics chain becomes more efficient, all Finnish export companies will benefit – and all of Finland will benefit,” says 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 the field, DIMECC is the ideal platform for us.”
One Sea ecosystem lead Päivi Haikkola from DIMECC Ltd comments: “We intend to keep working in the same cost-effective manner we have followed from day one, diligently exploiting our own resources and collaborative capabilities as much as possible. The continuing funding from Business Finland supports our co-creation platform until 2021 in sustaining its mission on all fronts. We have come together to pursue a unique opportunity – one which promises to generate millions, if not billions, of Euros in new business value.”
Dr. Harri Kulmala, CEO of DIMECC Ltd, adds: “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 smart shipping.”