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Tri-party project will develop future port technology

Tue 14 Aug 2018 by Martyn Wingrove

Tri-party project will develop future port technology
Svitzer worked with Rolls-Royce in developing remote control technology and tested it in Denmark (credit: Riviera Maritime Media)

A major European port operator and the world’s largest tug fleet owner are working together to develop the next series of technologies for intelligent harbour operations.

Associated British Ports (ABP) and Maersk Group subsidiary, Svitzer, have agreed to work with Rolls-Royce to develop the next generation of technologies that they expect will increase trade and improve economic operations.

The focus of this tri-party memorandum of understanding will be developing ship, towage and port intelligence solutions. The kick-off meeting for this project involved a workshop at ABP’s Port of Southampton that was attended by the UK’s Department for Transport and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

ABP director of marine and compliance Mike McCartain expects this project will unearth new technologies that will improve its operations. “Where a solution does not yet exist, we will work with Rolls Royce and Svitzer to invent them and bring them into service,” he said.

“A sustainable future for ABP means a constant effort to be greener, safer and more efficient, so that we can continue to play a crucial role in Britain’s economy, industrial infrastructure and local communities.”

Svitzer global chief commercial officer Lise Demant said this project would be a “joint pursuit of safer and more efficient port operations through technological advancements.”

Rolls-Royce director of engineering, technology and ship intelligence Kevin Daffey expects this project will “deliver the technologies that will keep the UK competitive in the future.”

Svitzer has worked with Rolls-Royce and Lloyd’s Register over the last three years to develop and test remote control of tugs in Denmark. Rolls-Royce also supplies thrusters for several tugs that Svitzer operates worldwide and has developed deck machinery for tugs. It is selling the ship intelligence division of its global business to Kongsberg.

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