• 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.




2019 May 24

15:53 Ambal ferry returns to Baltijsk-Ust-Luga line after scheduled maintenance
15:27 Surveillance camera installed by Freeport of Riga Authority on Krievu Island for coal dust monitoring
14:59 Port of Tallinn got acknowledged as socially responsible company
14:01 Port Houston volume up nine percent year-over-year
13:50 Feodor Shishlakov appointed head of Volgo-Baltic Administration
13:22 PSA, PFR and IFM investors jointly acquire DCT Gdańsk
12:18 ASI Marine develops an alternative safe method for surveying in hazardous high flow areas.
12:00 Lotos shipyard launches Peotr Veliky, cruise ship of Project PV300VD
11:37 New tugboat built by Damen to expand port fleet of Nakhodka TSP
11:16 SeaBird announces update on vessel acquistion and contemplated private placement of new shares
11:06 Jotun creates new standard for predictable, long-term antifouling protection with SeaForce and HydractiveTM technology
11:01 Global Ship Lease announces agreement to acquire three containerships
10:45 Russian ship owners got 29 new seagoing commercial ships with total deadweight of 552,400 tonnes in 2018 - CNIIMF
10:24 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.22% to $68.59, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.23% to $58.62
10:11 NORDEN boosts Middle East activities with new 3-year contract
10:09 Royal IHC names 2,300m³ TSHD LESSE
09:58 Rotterdam sends hyper-smart container on trip around the world
09:47 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:26 ZIM announces changes to MGX Service
09:16 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 23
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,068 points
08:50 Bunker prices review at global sea ports, Week 21st, 2019

2019 May 23

18:43 DOF Subsea secures contract in Brazil
18:21 ZIM Q1 2019 revenues rose 6.0% to $796.2M
18:06 MOL to Join Consortium on TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures)
17:44 CNIIMF forecasts NSR cargo traffic to reach 100 million tonnes by 2035
17:11 USCG closes case of downed aircraft in Prince William Sound
17:06 Port of Rotterdam sees significant progress in development HES Hartel Tank Terminal
16:55 GOGL announced net loss of $ 7.5M vs net income of $ 23.6M in 1Q 2019
16:30 New digital solution from Rolls-Royce and ZF improves availability and CO2 emissions of ships
16:05 CMA CGM orders 50,000 Traxens trackers
15:23 OCTOMAR Serviços Marítimos takes delivery of Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2206
14:47 RF Navy’s destroyer participated in combat training in the Sea of Japan
13:36 High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini visits ITS Carlo Margottini
13:05 Singapore to host Port Maintenance and Facilities Management Summit on 24-27 September 2019
12:29 Optimarin gears up for retrofit wave with expansion and new hires
12:19 FESCO and Russian Railways launch transit service for delivery of goods from Japan to Europe through Russia
11:43 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:21 Severnaya Verf starts cutting metal for third processing trawler of Project 170701 ordered by NOREBO Group
11:08 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Baltimore with Koch
10:26 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.69% to $70.5, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.6% to $61.05
10:08 Port of Antwerp aims for more efficient road transport with night-time opening hours on Right bank of Scheldt
09:57 Kuibyshev reservoir level allows for fleet operation - RF Transport Ministry
09:39 NOVATEK signed MoU with Ninh Thuan Province in Vietnam
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,059 points
09:10 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 23
09:08 Royal IHC signs contract with Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala
08:25 Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company sign heads of agreement for Port Arthur LNG

2019 May 22

18:05 CMA CGM to resume the Bijagos Shuttle service
17:50 RF Government approves rules for collecting port investment dues from ship owners in Russian seaports
17:38 The University of Calabria and Finсantieri ink training agreement
17:05 CMA CGM PAD-Service delivers first Zespri kiwifruits to the port of Zeebrugge
16:44 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
16:05 Jinling Shipyard in China orders 4 × MAN 51/60DF engines for Baltic RoPax newbuilding
15:31 Throughput of port Helsinki (Finland) in Jan-Apr’19 fell by 3.5% to 3.89 million tonnes (table)
15:09 Rob Grool appointed new CEO at ZEABORN Ship Management
14:45 CMA CGM to upgrade its EUROSAL XL service between North Europe, the Caribbean and South America West Coast
14:29 InterMoor wins 2 mooring installation contracts from COOEC
14:04 Comprehensive drill held at CPC Marine Terminal
13:28 Astrakhan branch of Ship Repair Center ‘Zvezdochka’ launches rescue towboat SB-427 for RF Defence Ministry