One Sea gets funding boost

One Sea, an alliance of exponents of autonomous ship technology, has secured new funding via Business Finland to support its role as business ecosystem. It has also added Shipbrokers Finland as a new partner.

The injection of public funds will contribute to the ecosystem’s work for the next three years. One Sea’s “ecosystem” aims to enable autonomous maritime transport by 2025. It said that “an array of new technologies and standards are on the horizon as momentum builds to exploit the potential of greater connectivity and digitalisation. While some technologies will take hold, others will become historical footnotes.”

One Sea is led by DIMECC Ltd (Digital, Internet, Materials & Engineering Co-Creation).

Members include ABB, Cargotec, Ericsson, Finnpilot Pilotage, Rolls-Royce Marine, Tieto and Wärtsilä. One Sea noted that the Finnish government had strongly supported the development of autonomous shipping through both domestic legislation and international advocacy.

One Sea ecosystem lead Päivi Haikkola from DIMECC Ltd said that “the continuing funding from Business Finland supports our co-creation platform until 2021 in sustaining its mission on all fronts. We have come together to pursue a unique opportunity – one which promises to generate millions, if not billions, of Euros in new business value.”