AI and digitalization are impacting every industry, and the same is true for the maritime industry as well. At present, The maritime industry is focusing on smart technology to create better services and products by increasing efficiency and reducing waste and expenses.

Disruptive technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Blockchain have become the major drivers of change in every industry and the maritime arena is no exception. Autonomous ships and maritime digitalization are the upcoming technology set to change the face of the maritime industry affecting logistics, crew management, cargo handling, scheduling, safety, security and environmental concerns.

The call to be a part of the next wave of innovation and technology advancements is loud and clear to the Indian maritime industry and it can be at the forefront of riding this new technological wave. A world hub-spot for such marine-tech advancements is Finland, with the ongoing development of an autonomous marine ecosystem and the presence of major companies and research institutes working on the future of maritime technology.

The Finland smart maritime ecosystem

Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is the location for the marine ecosystem in which new and disruptive technology is being researched and developed currently. The Helsinki Smart Maritime ecosystem hosts over 380 companies and also hosts the world’s largest subcontractor network with a membership of over 1000 suppliers, the maritime network expertise includes offshore solutions, port technology, cruise ships, ice going and ice breaking fields.

One Sea ecosystem

The One Sea ecosystem is the world’s first autonomous maritime ecosystem making Finland the forerunner in the development of autonomous and remote ships. The future of the maritime industry is markedly autonomous, remote and digital.

AI and digitalization are already being incorporated with maritime technology in ships, ports, crew management etc. And it is at the One Sea ecosystem that companies leading this technology are located. These companies are forerunners in modern maritime technology and form a major part of the collaborative ecosystem.

One Sea is a hot-bed of thoroughly researched, tested, and highly capable autonomous shipping network. It is the world’s best ‘smart’ environment in which AI, Big Data, cloud technologies, digital solutions are much more are developed hand-in-hand with maritime solutions.

Digital transformation

Digital transformation in the maritime industry creates the possibility to increase efficiency and optimise processes.  The maritime ecosystem in Finland offers various services in industrial internet and connectivity solutions and enable companies to create efficiencies and improve processes. There are numerous opportunities to develop solutions for 3D, wireless communication and application, data analytics, data acquisition etc.

Autonomous ships

The world’s first autonomous maritime ecosystem is in Finland. Autonomous ships and remote ships are the future and will drastically change the efficiency and safety levels of maritime transport. Developing and researching autonomous ships require an environment in which Big Data, AI, smart algorithms and ultimate optimization are carried out extensively and at the most current level.

Such solutions and services are widely available in Finland and the maritime ecosystem in Helsinki is already embedded with these solutions. Research institutes also collaborate and cooperate with businesses and the Aalto University Marine Technology and VTT Research are institutes that have a long record of collaborating with businesses towards developing technology products.

There is also a test area in Jaakonmeri in which real sea conditions can be tested and businesses have access to this test area to carry out valuable piloting tasks to learn, improve and test their products.

The embarking point for Indian maritime firms to globalization and innovation

Finland has a long-standing heritage in the maritime and digital industry. Always at the forefront of ICT and digital developments, Finland is now the world’s most important development location for digital transformation in the maritime industry.

It is a leader in shipbuilding, host to a number of research institutes and businesses related to cruise ships, commercial vessels, ice breakers and maritime research. Recognising these, large companies such as ABB Marine,Wärtsilä, Elomatic, Deltamarin,Napa and many more have set up operations to take advantage of the regions talent pool and high level of technology in cloud technology and Big Data.

For forward-thinking and innovative Indian maritime firms, Finland is the ideal place to go forward in and meet any number of goals and requirements. We at PrEver have in-depth knowledge and expertise in the Finnish business landscape in multiple domains and we leverage our Finnish networks to enable Indian companies to easily go to Finland and efficiently find partners, clients, support etc. For customized information for your businesses please contact us through the information on our contact page.


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