Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tripartite Group Looks to Advance Maritime Technologies Through Digitisation and Ship Intelligence

Trio Sign Memorandum of Association
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UK – Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with port operator Associated British Ports (ABP), and global towage operator Svitzer, to develop the next generation of technologies which will aim to 'keep Britain trading', a phrase now synonymous with post-Brexit scenarios. The agreement will see Rolls-Royce work with ABP and Svitzer, part of the Maersk Group, to develop the innovative technologies and systems needed to operate efficiently and sustainably well into the 21st century. The companies will focus on digitisation and Ship Intelligence solutions.

The tri-party Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), was instigated by ABP’s Director of Marine & Compliance, Mike McCartain and signed during a ‘kick-off’ workshop at ABP’s Port of Southampton. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Department for Transport and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Mike McCartain, commented:

“New technologies emerge all the time which offer us exciting, additional capabilities. ABP is always looking to make these new technologies work for us and our customers. Where a solution does not yet exist, we will work with companies of the calibre and expertise of Rolls Royce and Svitzer to invent them and bring them into service.

“A sustainable future for ABP means a constant effort to be greener, safer and more efficient, so that we can continue to play a crucial role in Britain’s economy, industrial infrastructure and local communities.”

ABP’s partners in the venture were as enthusiastic as the port group’s boss with Lise Demant, Global Chief Commercial Officer of Svitzer commenting how pleased the towage group was to share expertise with heavyweights such as ABP and Rolls Royce, in our joint pursuit of safer and more efficient port operations, whilst Kevin Daffey, Rolls-Royce, Director Engineering & Technology and Ship Intelligence, said:

“Rolls Royce has a long, successful heritage in UK innovation in engineering and we are proud to be bringing this to bear in working with the UK’s largest ports operator, ABP. We are confident that we can work together with ABP and Svitzer to deliver the technologies that will keep the UK competitive in the future.”