Rolls-Royce and Sea Machines Robotics have signed an agreement to collaborate on remote command, autonomous control, and digital crew support systems designed for commercial, naval and defence, and leisure vessels. The new products will complement Rolls-Royce’s mtu NautIQ marine automation portfolio.
The combination of Rolls-Royce propulsion and automation systems with Sea Machines’ vessel control products will provide new arrangements to enhance vessel operation, safety, efficiency, and environmental impact, the companies said.
“We are evolving from a propulsion supplier to a provider of integrated sustainable solutions,” declared Denise Kurtulus, vice president, Global Marine at Rolls-Royce Power Systems. “We want to provide our customers with complete solutions from ‘bridge to propeller’. We are delighted to have found another strong and agile partner in Sea Machines to help us achieve this.”
Michael Johnson, Sea Machines’ CEO and founder, commented: “Our autonomous vessel control products and advanced perception systems are pioneering the revolutionary shift of conventional and manual vessel control effort from human to intelligent technology. Autonomous systems take over routine efforts, reduce stress for crews and thus increase operational predictability and safety. The technology makes shipping more productive, economical, and contributes to more sustainable operations.”
New partnership takes autonomous vessel control a stage further