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SFI-Sentre for forskn.drevet innov

SFI AutoShip: Autonomous Ships for Safe and Sustainable Operations

Alternative title: SFI AutoShip: Autonome skip for sikre og bærekraftige operasjoner

Awarded: NOK 96.0 mill.

SFI AutoShip will contribute to Norwegian players taking a leading role in the development of both technology and business models for autonomous ships, with emphasis on safe, secure, environmentally friendly and cost-effective solutions. Through research-driven innovation, the center will produce new knowledge, methods, tools, prototypes, technology and candidates for the Norwegian maritime industry. The Centre host is Dept. of Engineering Cybernetics, NTNU and involve partners in segments like ship operators, shipping companies, suppliers of ship equipment and technology, classification, insurance, authorities, public infrastructure owners, and research. Research partners are NTNU, SINTEF Ocean, SINTEF Digital, UiO, and IFE. The Centre will combine long-term and fundamental research challenges across areas of use, together with short-term and applied issues from end users. Focus areas are: 1. Enabling technologies like situational awareness, artificial intelligence, self-management, digital infrastructure, remote control, simulations, and testing. 2. New business models and operational concepts considering the autonomous ships in a larger context. This includes developing cost-effective solutions for logistics and port solutions. 3. Methods and models for monitoring risk and verifying the safety, implications for ship classification, and the clarification of the legal aspects of liability when a captain is not on board. Research and innovation will be directed to practical use cases Since SFI AutoShip formally opened December 1st 2020, we have put a lot of effort into defining our profile, create collaboration structures, go through recruitment processes, conduct workshops and seminars on the topic, promote the Centre, connect to external networks and start the work of recruiting more females to the sector. One of the strengths of SFI AutoShip is the trans-disciplinary structure and the great number of partners from the industry, public sector and research institutions. With such diversity in our project portfolio there is great potential for innovation in several areas within autonomous ships. We therefore have innovation high up on the agenda and an Innovation and Commercialization Advisory Committee has been established. One of our work packages is about use-cases and these have now been defined in close collaboration with the industry partners. We have conducted the SFI AutoShip Days for our partners and this was the first opportunity to meet in person since the Centre opened. During these days the participants got to know the researchers and the Research Institutions and site visits to some of our partners was arranged. The Work Packages have also conducted smaller workshops and 8 workshops in total have been arranged since the opening of the Centre. We have recruited 10 PhDs and one post doc and they are all in the initial stages of developing their research plans. They also get the possibility of participating in regular colloquiums where the topics can range from administrative information to partner presentations. Visibility externally has been a priority for us, and we have taken advantage of every opportunity we have gotten to promote the SFI. We have amongst other things been the main attraction on ?NTNU evening? at Dokkhuset in Trondheim which was open to the general public. We have also presented during the student festival "UKA" and given an introduction to the SFI to the then deputy leader of the Energy and Environmental Committee in Stortinget, Espen Barth Eide. We got the opportunity to present the SFI again when the Dutch Royal couple visited Norway, accompanied by the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway. The Centre Director has taken the initiative to secure NTNU's membership of EU's Waterborne Technology Platform and thus also in the Zero Emission Waterborne Transport (ZWET) partnership. The Centre's researchers have also given their feedback to the new national maritime strategy. Through this, SFI AutoShip's competence and network has already benefited several institutions and processes outside the Centre. There is an imbalance when it comes to gender in maritime sector generally and SFI AutoShip has as a goal to contribute to a better balance by attracting more females to the sector. We have started a collaboration with a student organization working for more females in technological studies. Together with the student organization we will match young, female students within relevant subjects with mentors from the SFI partners. We are doing this in collaboration with another SFI and we hope to benefit from each others experiences.

Autonomous ships have recently received significant attention in the maritime industry on a global level. The market is projected to reach USD 13.8 billion by 2030, driven by expected cost reductions in maritime and offshore operations, and improved safety of transportation. Societal safety will also be increased with transportation moved from roads to sea. The Norwegian maritime industry, with projects like Yara Birkeland, is currently one of the market leaders, but countries such as China, Japan, South Korea and Finland pose strong competition. Therefore, for Norway to stay ahead, it is imperative to take the lead in strategic areas of autonomous shipping. The Centre partners have identified the trade-off between safety and cost of operations as critical for the future of autonomous shipping. The following areas are identified as key enablers for balancing the trade-off, and thus the focus areas of the Centre: 1) Disruptive technological innovations, in areas such as sensor fusion and situational awareness, AI, autonomy and automation, digital infrastructure, human factors and remote-control centres, simulation and testing technology. 2) New business models that look at the larger transport system and result in design of sustainable operations. 3) Addressing the overarching challenge of safety and assurance, to guarantee that integration of all technology components will satisfy predefined operational performance and safety requirements in a holistic manner The aforementioned challenges cannot be solved in isolation. The added value of SFI AutoShip is to gather key actors from the Norwegian maritime cluster, representing the whole spectrum of end users, product and service providers, research institutes, universities and authorities to address these challenges. Through long-term research activities based on applied use cases, the Centre will educate highly qualified graduates will staff the Norwegian industry and help it stay ahead of the competition.

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