MTI joined One Sea, a maritime ecosystem aiming to realize autonomous ships, as the first member from Asia
On May 28, 2019, MTI joined One Sea as the first Asian member in this maritime ecosystem that aims to realize autonomous ships. The NYK Group is promoting research and development for “manned autonomous ships” and through One Sea activities will, with other international participants, contribute to the development of rules and technology standards.
1. Background and Objectives
In its pursuit of safer operations and reducing crew workloads, the NYK Group has been conducting research and development, and demonstration projects on ship automation, in which advanced technologies complement human factors.
One Sea is a maritime ecosystem that was launched in Finland in 2016 with a primary aim to lead the way towards an operating autonomous maritime ecosystem. One Sea consists of companies and organizations worldwide, including big OEMs in Europe aiming for the social implementation of autonomous ships. And now, MTI joined One Sea as the first member from Asia.
With the perspective of a shipping company dedicated to improving the safety of ship operations, we aim to develop “manned autonomous ships,” in which computers complement human factors, and thus have continued research and development in cooperation with global partners. We will contribute to the development of rules and technology standards via One Sea activities wherein international parties gather to promote the social implementation of autonomous ships.
2. About One Sea
The One Sea ecosystem foresees leading the way towards an operating autonomous maritime ecosystem by 2025. It discusses the roadmap for realizing an autonomous maritime ecosystem, the necessary legislation, and standardization. It also carries out activities for business development, such as holding pitch events for startups.
Members include: ABB, Cargotec, Ericsson, Inmarsat, Kongsberg Maritime, MTI, Tieto, Wärtsilä and Finnpilot Pilotage. Other partners include RINA, Finnish Marine Industries, Shipbrokers Finland, Finnish Port Association, and the Finnish Shipowners’ Association (as of June 5, 2019). Financing is provided by participating companies and Business Finland. One Sea ecosystem is led by DIMECC.
“Feasibility Study of Automated Process of Ship Navigation and a Framework of Action Planning System (APS),” by Koji Kutsuna, presented at the International Conference on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship (ICMASS 2018), Busan, Korea
November 8-9, 2018