Rolls-Royce is set to team up with US-based technology company Intel to design advanced intelligent shipping systems that will provide additional safety to the commercial shipping sector.

The partnership is expected to further develop smart, connected and data-centric systems for ship owners, operators, cargo owners, and ports.

It will combine Rolls-Royce’s expertise in advanced ship technology with Intel’s experience in components and systems engineering.

The new shipping intelligence systems will feature technology that is used in smart cities, autonomous cars, and drones.

They will include data centre and artificial intelligence capabilities, as well as offer improved edge computing to independently manage navigation, detect an obstacle, and facilitate communications and storage.

Components of the systems will include Intel Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology, which solves design challenges associated with shipping intelligence, and Intel Xeon Scalable Processors optimised for high-performance computing (HPC) technology to manage complex modelling of ship functions.

“This collaboration can help us to support ship owners in the automation of their navigation and operations, reducing the opportunity for human error.”

The systems will also include Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory and IntelOptane SSD Intel 3D NAND SSD for memory and storage applications.

Rolls-Royce Engineering and Technology and Ship Intelligence director Kevin Daffey said: “This collaboration can help us to support ship owners in the automation of their navigation and operations, reducing the opportunity for human error and allowing crews to focus on more valuable tasks.

“Simply said, this project would not be possible without the leading-edge technology Intel brings to the table.

“Together, we’ll blend the best of the best, Intel and Rolls-Royce, to change the world of shipping.”

In May, Rolls-Royce signed a letter of intent (LoI) with global insurance firm AXA Corporate Solutions to explore ways to jointly develop products for the autonomous shipping industry.