Finland to take the lead in automation experiments in the maritime sector

News article 26.09.2016 15.55 fi sv en

Dock in the evening (Photo: Ministery of Transport and Communication / Aaltonen)

A comprehensive project to promote unmanned maritime systems is being launched in Finland. Its aim is to create the world's first unmanned maritime systems and services as well as an efficient autonomous maritime ecosystem by 2025.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications supports the project by examining possible test areas for unmanned vessels and by providing a suitable environment for flexible testing operations. The project involves nearly 60 companies and is included in the Arctic Seas programme of the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation Tekes.

"Promotion of digitalisation and extensive utilisation of automation and information are the driving forces of the Government key projects. In the maritime sector these can significantly enhance safety, reduce emissions and improve productivity. Finland is especially well equipped to take the lead in maritime transport and the related automation and information industry," says Ms Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland.