Rolls-Royce and Sea Machines Robotics have signed a new collaboration. Under the agreement, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and Sea Machines, a leading developer of remote ship command and autonomous control systems, will join forces to develop and sell fully and semi-autonomous ship control systems and to develop Rolls-Royce's mtu NautIQ marine automation portfolio. The combination of Rolls-Royce's propulsion and automation solutions with Sea Machines' ship control products will offer shipping customers significant benefits in terms of ship operations, safety, efficiency and environmental impact.
Michael Johnson, Founder and CEO of Sea Machines, said: “Our autonomous ship control products and advanced sensing systems are leading the way to replace traditional and manual ship control with human-intelligent technology. Autonomous systems undertake routine operations; it reduces stress for teams and thus increases operational predictability and safety. Technology contributes to sustainable operations while making the industry more productive and economical. At Sea Machines we partner with the best companies in the field and Rolls-Royce always stands out for us for its reliability. We look forward to serving our customers together and moving forward the technology to provide them with solutions.”
Denise Kurtulus, Rolls-Royce Power Systems' Global Vice President of Marine, said: “Within the scope of our Power Systems 2030 strategy, we are taking firm steps towards our goal of going beyond being a propulsion system supplier and becoming an integrated sustainable solutions provider. In the maritime industry, we want to provide our customers with solutions of the highest quality expected of us, from the control system to the propeller. We are excited to collaborate with Sea Machines, another strong brand that will help us achieve this.” said.
Advanced complete solutions offering intelligent ship control
The strategic collaboration will primarily focus on remote and autonomous ship control and situational awareness products for yachts, commercial and navy vessels. Under the agreement, Rolls-Royce Power Systems will take over the sales and service rights for current and future Sea Machines products. The two companies will also work together to develop new capabilities to provide customers with advanced complete solutions that collect and analyze all ship data and offer intelligent ship control based on this information.
Claudius Müller, Head of Marine Business Development at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, commented on the collaboration: “Our aim is to provide our customers with industry-leading, highly innovative and integrated solutions from propulsion, ship automation and control systems to semi- and fully autonomous control systems and the latest Equipment. To complement our digital solutions such as our Health Management system mtu NautIQ Foresight. Following the acquisition of Servowatch and the inclusion of control systems in our newly launched mtu NautIQ portfolio, the agreement with Sea Machines is a complementary step.” expressed in his words.
Moran David, Chief Commercial Officer, Sea Machines, said: “This partnership is a milestone for the shipping industry. This agreement demonstrates Rolls-Royce's confidence in Sea Machines in its long tradition of being at the forefront of innovation. Expanding Sea Machines' commercially deployed product range, both companies aim for collaborations that go far beyond the development of autonomous ship controls.” he gave his comments.