G2 Ocean is partnering up with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and 22 maritime industry partners to study safe methods and technology for enabling ship automation.
On June 12, 2020, The Research Council of Norway announced that is awarding more than USD 20 million to Norwegian research project Safe Autonomous Ships (SFI Autoship). The strategic research project studies methods and technology for enabling safe and secure autonomous operations of maritime vessels.
The aim of the project is to ensure that Norwegian players take a leading role in the development of ship automation, especially within the areas of technology, business models and security.
G2 Ocean and one of its owners, Grieg Star, are two of the 22 partners involved in the project.
“This is an exciting collaboration between world-leading researchers and industry partners. Developing partnerships and supporting knowledge sharing is important to drive the maritime industry towards a digital future,” says Vice President Project Cargo & Innovation Leif Arne Strømmen.
Autonomous cargo handling
The development of autonomation is gaining increasing attention in the maritime industry both nationally and internationally.
G2 Ocean’s participation in the project is mainly related to autonomous cargo handling as this is expected to expand in the future.
“The largest cost to the shipowner, apart from bunkers, is the vessel’s time in port. Over the years, we expect to see more ports with 24 hours working time through better automation, without increasing labour requirements but significantly improving their safety,” VP Operations Phil Curran says.
The project’s academic focus areas include:
- Innovations in enabling technologies, such as situation awareness, artificial intelligence, digital infrastructure, simulation, and testing.
- New business models and operational concepts for the use of autonomous vessels.
- Guaranteeing safety and security of using autonomous ships.