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The global future for autonomous marine transport?

18th September 2017

The One Sea ecosystem intends to achieve commercial autonomous maritime traffic by 2025. Frances Marcellin takes a closer look at this ambitious plan, as well as some of its achievements to date and challenges ahead.

The future of autonomous shipping could be in hands of One Sea, the brand name given to a global ecosystem that is developing autonomous marine transport.

The idea was developed through the Finnish Maritime Cluster’s (a group of maritime companies in Finland) Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) 2025, which outlines a roadmap for research in the industry.

SRA’s objective (as well as putting the Finnish Maritime Cluster on the map as the world’s most creative and adaptive maritime network) is to have the first autonomous vessels sail the Baltic Sea within the next few years. A wide range of sea trials of digital solutions in the Baltic Sea is envisioned, which will create new opportunities for autonomous shipping.

 

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