Posted On: 17-06-2020
Norway-based shipowner Grieg Star and its JV with Gearbulk, G2 Ocean, are joining forces with other maritime industry partners to research the feasibility of safe autonomous deep- sea ships. On June 12, 2020, The Research Council of Norway announced that is awarding more than USD 20 million to Norwegian research project Safe Autonomous Ships (SFI Autoship), according to G2 Ocean. The strategic research project studies methods and technology for enabling safe and secure autonomous operations of maritime vessels. The aim of the project is to ensure that Norwegian players take a leading role in the development of ship automation, especially within the areas of technology, business models and security. G2 Ocean and one of its owners, Grieg Star, are two of the 22 partners involved in the project. Together, the partners have supported the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in setting up a research centre dedicated to safe autonomous ships. The centre’s funding is over NOK 200 million over eight years. “This is an exciting collaboration between world-leading researchers and industry partners. Developing partnerships and supporting knowledge sharing is important to drive the maritime industry towards a digital future,” Leif Arne Strømmen, Vice President Project Cargo & Innovation a G2 Ocean, commented.