Rolls-Royce has entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Associated British Ports (ABP) and Maersk Group unit Svitzer to develop next-generation port technologies.
As part of the MoU, Rolls-Royce will work with ABP and towage operator Svitzer to develop technologies and systems that can support efficient and sustainable operations.
The companies will particularly focus on digitisation and the development of ship intelligence platforms.
ABP Marine and Compliance director Mike McCartain said: “New technologies emerge all the time, which offer us exciting, additional capabilities. ABP is always looking to make these new technologies work for us and our customers.
“Where a solution does not yet exist, we will work with companies of the calibre and expertise of Rolls Royce and Svitzer to invent them and bring them into service.
“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.”
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ABP currently operates 21 ports in England, Scotland, and Wales.
Rolls-Royce Engineering and Technology and Ship Intelligence director Kevin Daffey said: “We are confident that we can work together with ABP and Svitzer to deliver the technologies that will keep the UK competitive in the future.”
In May, Rolls-Royce signed a collaboration agreement with Finland-based shipowner Finferries to jointly develop strategies and solutions to optimise the safety and efficiency of marine operations.
Under the collaboration, the partners plan to develop technology for decision-supporting systems, as well as demonstrate remote and autonomous ferry operations.