Specifically, the goal of this partnership is to develop Denmark’s first autonomous, environmentally friendly ship. The pathway to achieving that goal will also include workstreams on digital ship operation and decarbonization, according to J. Lauritzen, a shipping company amongst the rest of the partners.

Denmark aims on developing digital operations to find intelligent solutions, by adopting machine-learning data analytics for instance.

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Moreover, the workstream on decarbonization will get an insight on areas such as the electrification of ship propulsion and the use of various power sources in a hybrid setup.

The goal is to introduce clean tech solutions with low or no carbon footprint.

Shipping companies J. Lauritzen, Maersk Tankers, DFDS, Torm and a range of other shipping firms, industrial maritime suppliers, research and technology institutions and universities have formed the partnership.

In addition, Danish Funds including the Danish Innovation Fund, the Danish Maritime Fund and Lauritzen Fonden are supporters of this innovation.

J. Lauritzen is involved in different subgroups of ShippingLab and Senior Vice President, Claus Winther Graugaard, Head of Fleet Management, is a member of the steering committee of the partnership.

In light of ShippingLab, the Senior Vice President commented

The ShippingLab innovation platform is a fantastic collaboration opportunity for J.Lauritzen and its industry peers to partner up with mutual interest and motivation to identify and apply new clever solutions and technology to a number of use cases.

He continued that the innovation is an attempt to combine players in the Blue Denmark with those participating in the ShippingLab and compete against the rest of the world.

The group that launched ShippingLab represents a selection of Blue Denmark, the country’s maritime cluster. Yet, Shipping Lab is not a closed initiative, so that additional organizations participate.