Rolls-Royce will combine its propulsion and automation solutions with Sea Machines’ vessel control products. The strategic cooperation will focus on products for remote and autonomous vessel control and situational awareness, primarily for yachts, commercial and government vessels.
The vessel control products will complement Rolls-Royce’s mtu NautIQ marine automation portfolio and are to offer benefits in terms of vessel operations, safety, efficiency and environmental impact.
‘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,’ explains Michael Johnson, CEO and founder of Sea Machines. ‘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.’
As part of the agreement, Rolls-Royce Power Systems will receive sales and service rights for existing and future Sea Machines products. The two companies will also work together to develop new capabilities to provide customers with advanced total solutions that aggregate and analyze all vessel data and intelligently control vessels based on this information.