Power and automation technology firm ABB has revealed plans to open a new laboratory in Helsinki, Finland, boosting its efforts to increase research and development in the marine sector.
The new facility will support research in marine technologies including automation, remote control systems, propulsion, integrated operations and waste heat recovery systems.
The research centre will have more than 30 ABB engineers, who will work on the Integrated Operations concept linking the shore operation to the situations onboard.
The company also expects the laboratory to function as a simulator in the future.
ABB software and automation operations vice-president of Mikko Lepisto said: "We are constantly testing and developing new technologies.
"This laboratory is a wonderful step forward and enables a full range of innovation activities, now that all of our marine systems can be tested and developed in the same place.
"Digitalisation allows owners to monitor remotely entire fleets using cloud services.
"When data collected by automation systems is utilised in the most optimal way, we can save both costs and environment.
"The Internet of Things, Services and People open new possibilities for the marine industry and especially for the development of the service business."
The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.
The group received orders worth $200m to deliver power plants and Azipod propulsion systems to cruise customers in 2014, in addition to $900m of orders to supply solutions to ice-going and ice-breaking projects.