In the DIMECC D4V program, Rolls-Royce, the University of Turku and Aalto University studied regulations related to international seafaring and their revision. Regulations need to be revised when unmanned ships are being designed. Fully or periodically unmanned bridges are the first steps towards an unmanned ship whose operations are handled by remote operating centres situated on the coast.
The regulation and insurance environment inevitably needs to change with the new ships. This is why the University of Turku together with Rolls-Royce studied different insurance models for ships in the DIMECC D4V program. They studied the effects of autonomous ships on liability regulations and risk management.
The ship’s operation is secured through good connectivity and cyber security. In the D4V program , Rolls-Royce has tested the Rapid Detection Service software by the cybersecurity company F-Secure.
In the D4V program, F-Secure has participated in supporting the automatisation of shipping and its data security by utilising things such as its data security work experiences in the aviation industry.
The world’s first autonomous discharging bulk cranes, developed during the D4V programme, have now reached their final development stages. The MacGregor cranes have now been fitted on board ESL’s two new 25,532 dwt bulkers, Viikki and Haaga, deployed for service on the west coast of Finland in late 2018. The autonomous discharging features will soon be ready for commercial trials.