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Rolls-Royce to lead autonomous ship research project

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative; designs for next generation ships Rolls-Royce is to lead a new 6.6 million project that could pave the way for autonomous ships. The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative will produce the specification and preliminary designs for the next generation of advanced ship solutions.The project is funded by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) and will bring together universities, ship designers, equipment manufacturers, and classification societies to explore the economic, social, legal, regulatory and technological factors which need to be addressed to make autonomous ships a reality.The project will run until the end of 2017 and will pave the way for solutions - designed to validate the project's research. The project will combine the expertise of some of Finland's top academic researchers from Tampere University of Technology; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd; Åbo Akademi University; Aalto University; the University of Turku; and leading members of the maritime cluster including Rolls-Royce, NAPA, Deltamarin, DNV GL and Inmarsat.Rauli Hulkkonen, Tekes, Chief Advisor, said: "This project is a fantastic opportunity to establish the Finnish maritime cluster as the world leader in maritime remote control technology.Esa Jokioinen, Rolls-Royce, Head of Blue Ocean Team, said: "Rolls-Royce ...

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New unmanned concept boosts safety and reduces costs

DNV GL introduces new unmanned floating LNG concept DNV GL has developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept that overcomes many of the challenges currently faced by those looking to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields.Called Solitude, the concept demonstrates how technological advances - most of the technology already within reach - can be combined into a solution that offers some 20 percent reduction in annual OPEX, only adding a few percent increase in CAPEX and at the same time increase the overall safety.FLNG technology is developing rapidly as part of the industry's quest for resources in more remote waters. A number of concepts have been discussed, but only a few are currently under construction, as many oil and gas companies have experienced double-digit growth in both capital and operational expenditure over the last decade.Foreseeing the need for more remote projects to be able to overcome even more challenging cost barriers, whilst still meeting increasingly stringent safety and environmental standards, DNV GL embarked on an Extraordinary Innovation Project to explore the future of LNG technology."Solitude has been developed with maintainability foremost in mind," says Elisabeth Tørstad, DNV GL CEO Oil & Gas. "By changing the focus from maximum ...

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