• 2018 June 13 11:28

    RAAS Research Alliance to drive innovation in the automation of transport and logistics

    A new Research Alliance for Autonomous Systems (RAAS) has been launched by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and eight other universities and universities of applied sciences. According to VTT press release, RAAS aims to develop a leading R&D environment to accelerate the development of automated solutions for sea and land transport, aviation and non-road machinery, as well as draw foreign direct investment.

    Finland is home to technological excellence with world-leading experience in the development of autonomous transport and logistics. Business opportunities have already been identified for solutions with varying levels of autonomy, for example, in the Finnish marine industry where development has taken off quickly thanks to the One Sea business ecosystem. Finland has a solid history in the R&D of world-leading autonomous solutions in non-road machinery for the mining, ports and forest sectors. Finland’s automotive industry and transport service companies have also demonstrated their ability to innovate.

    ”Cooperation and cross-learning between different domains is very important in the development of autonomous transport”, says Sauli Eloranta from Rolls-Royce – one of the leading figures in maritime transport.

    For several decades, Finnish research organisations have been systematically developing high-level automation solutions as well as their own expertise in domestic and international research projects. RAAS is bringing together leading research teams and expertise in various fields to form joint national areas of strength.

    "To facilitate business-oriented innovation, we are bringing together the latest scientific knowledge, jointly creating new know-how and developing agile operating models around testbeds," says Pauli Kuosmanen, Dean at Tampere University of Technology.

    “Autonomous systems are one of Finland’s national strengths in the digitalisation and innovation activities of the export industry, says Kalle Kantola, Vice President, Research at VTT. "However, international competition is fierce. The RAAS alliance will introduce synergies among different application and technology areas, which will markedly accelerate development. At the same time, our research teams can develop their expertise as they confront increasingly challenging problems."

    The alliance provides companies an easy access to world-class scientific knowledge and expertise in the field of ​​autonomous transport and logistics solutions. This is organised around ten research task forces focusing on themes, such as the ethics of autonomous systems, regulations, business, artificial intelligence and operational level.

    “The alliance also provides access to research and development services for international networks of experts. We are actively seeking international research teams to join the alliance," says Gary Marquis, Dean at Aalto University.

    “For an international company, it is important that through RAAS we gain easy access to the best research teams both nationally and internationally," says Jani Vilenius, Director of Research and Technology Development at Sandvik.

    The following research organisations belong to the RAAS alliance:

    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology, and the University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences, University of Oulu, University of Turku, Novia University of Applied Sciences and Åbo Akademi University.




2018 October 15

12:13 Kongsberg Digital and KPMG launch new complete cybersecurity partnership for the maritime industry
11:55 Nevsky Shipyard took part in Offshore Marintec Russia
11:19 ABS leads industry discussion on digitization, safety and compliance
11:12 New shipping route links Gdansk and Scandinavia
10:51 Port of Gdansk considered as transport hub for Slovakia
10:29 Brent Crude futures price up 1.21% to $81.4, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.04% to $72.08
10:10 Tuco Marine Group to build a multipurpose first responder boat for Hovedstadens Beredskab I/S
09:53 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,579 points
09:34 Gazprom and Shell discuss next steps in Baltic LNG project
09:15 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in 9M'18 up 8.4% Y-o-Y to 11.38 million tonnes (table)
08:07 PIL terminates all calls to Iran due to US sanctions
07:06 ChainPORT hackathon held for the first time simultaneously in the ports of Antwerp and Los Angeles
06:16 Vinalines posts profit of US$900,000 in the first nine months of 2018

2018 October 14

09:19 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
09:17 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
09:16 Port of Corpus Christi moves record tonnage in first nine months of 2018
09:12 Port of New Orleans receives Excellence Award for Master Plan

2018 October 13

09:06 OOCL fleet moves forward to meet IMO 2020 regulation
09:04 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
08:56 Algoma announces cancellation of Croatian new build contracts
08:54 Panama Canal sets record annual cargo tonnage in fiscal year 2018

2018 October 12

18:07 Port of Antwerp on track for sixth record year
17:36 Strengthening of Kaliningrad seaway canal's embankment included in Russia’s territorial development strategy through 2025
17:08 Stena Bulk in partnership with Bay Crest Management for expansion in Asia
16:04 Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of work at DP World Berbera in Somaliland
15:52 LNG Croatia invited bids for import LNG terminal infrastructure
15:35 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company continues expanding its operations in international waters
15:03 Maersk Line announces an increase in FAK rates from Far East to North Europe
14:47 Minister Berner: Finland strives to reduce emissions from shipping
14:03 CMA CGM to introduce new quarterly BAF for long term contracts from 1st of January 2019
13:44 LUKOIL commissions fifth well at Filanovsky field second stage
13:21 Ocean Network Express enters bilateral feeder network cooperation with Hapag - Lloyd
13:10 MOL consolidation service succeeds with trial of remote container tracking management device
12:28 Germany furthers support to WMU with Simulator Lab refurbishment
12:05 Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group in China and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to establish a shipbuilding joint venture
11:47 BPO pays a visit to the Port of Ust-Luga
11:26 Rosterminalugol exported 16 million tonnes of coal YTD
11:05 Grimaldi further boosts its freight services to Sardinia
10:54 Bunker prices continue going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:50 Port of Gothenburg starts construction of new terminal
10:30 Brent Crude futures price up 1.2% to $81.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.18% to $71.81
10:11 De Boer holds naming ceremony for Damen RSD WID Tug 2915 Hybrid Fregate and ASD Tug 2310 SD Papillon
10:09 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,515 points
09:58 Damen signs for another three years as founding partner of the Nederlands Dans Theater
09:51 Fuel oil prices show no significant changes in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
09:33 RF Government approves plan for modernization and expansion of core infrastructure
09:14 Vimpel Shipyard launches border patrol boat of Project 1496М1 built for FSB Border Guard Service

2018 October 11

19:00 Gasum becomes 100% owner of Skangas, consolidates its position as the leading Nordic LNG provider
18:36 FLEX LNG to enter into transaction to acqure five 5th generation LNG newbuildings
18:27 Caterpillar Marine announces the latest generation of azimuth thrusters - MTA v3
17:50 Cruise ship crash, ship grounding force watchdog to act
17:27 Economic value of UK ports industry highlighted by British Ports Association
17:22 Throughput of Russian seaports in 9M’18 grew by 4% Y-o-Y to 604.2 million tonnes (detalization)
17:06 PSP Investments welcomes new investment partners to Forth Ports
16:25 Marine Recruiting Agency to train Rosmorport employees
16:08 CMA CGM reaffirms its ambition to turn CEVA into a stronger logistics leader
15:59 MSC adds new rail service in Spain
15:24 MABUX warns bunker prices may be vulnerable amid the uncertainties on both the supply and demand side
14:36 Okskaya Sudoverf shipyard upgrades its equipment
13:58 In-built oil recovery system of IB Polaris undergoing tests – Arctia prepared to offer oil recovery services