Rolls-Royce collaboration with MacGregor to investigate the impact on ‘Autonomy for Container Ships’


Rolls-Royce, a pre-eminent engineering company focused on world-class power and propulsion systems with customer base in over 150 countries has move towards a future with autonomous shipping as it currently collaborating with leading provider of services for container ships, MacGregor, to investigate its impact on cargo shipping. Building on our existing expertise, we’re working to make the industry as safe and efficient as possible.

MacGregor is a leading provider of cargo handling solutions and services for container ships. Their detailed knowledge of the cargo sector will provide valuable insights into marine cargo operations and the technology and systems needed to make them as efficient and safe as possible.

Our collaboration will harness both companies’ unique experience laying the groundwork for the development of autonomous container ships.

Pasi Lehtonen, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and Marketing, MacGregor said; “We want to reshape and transform the industry to make it much more efficient, safer and more sustainable. In the segments where we operate, we see a lot of unnecessary waste in the forms of inefficiency, damage to cargo, and continuously dangerous working conditions. Our aim is to minimise this waste. Collaboration on autonomy for container ships is a good example of where industry leaders work together to transform the industry.”

Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director Digital and Systems, said: “Rolls-Royce is pioneering remotely controlled and autonomous ships and believes such a remote controlled ship will be in commercial use by the end of the decade and a common sight on the high seas by 2030. For the full benefits of such a change to be realised many activities currently done today manually will need to be done autonomously. This research will help us explore how that might be achieved.”

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