Autonomous feeder vessels could hit the Baltic Sea in 2025

Nine years from now, unmanned feeder vessels will operate along the coast of Finland, Sauli Eloranta, Senior Vice President at Rolls-Royce, tells ShippingWatch after several major maritime companies have joined forces on this venture funded by the Finnish government.

How Rolls-Royce envisions an autonomous vessel The first unmanned vessels at sea, however, are expected to be smaller feeder vessels or ferries. Photo: Rolls-Royce/PR

The development of unmanned vessels has begun in various places, and several companies in Finland are now pulling out all the stops to be ahead of the game.

"Our vision is not just to have the technology ready but also to prepare the operational setup and the legislation for vessels to sail without crews by 2025," explains Sauli Eloranta, Senior Vice President of Rolls-Royce Marine's division for technology and innovation, in an interview with ShippingWatch.

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