Fully-Autonomous Ferry Demonstrated in Northern Europe

The autonomous operation of the ferry Falco comes after another ferry, named Folgefonn, was successfully tested in Norway.  Rolls-Royce and Finnish state-owned ferry operator Finferries have successfully demonstrated what they claim to be world’s first fully autonomous ferry on a short route near Turku, Finland. During the trials, the Finferries ferry Falco used … [Read more...]

All-Electric Ships on the Horizon as Rolls Launches New Battery System

By Áine Quinn (Bloomberg) -- Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc has begun offering its own battery-powered ship engines in a move that signals the gathering momentum behind a push toward hybrid and ultimately all-electric vessels. While maritime demand for lithium-ion batteries is focused on providing top-up power for traditional diesel and gas-turbine ships, the technology could … [Read more...]

Kongsberg to Acquire Rolls-Royce’s Commercial Marine Business

Norwegian technology group Kongsberg has entered into an agreement to acquire Rolls-Royce's struggling commercial marine business in a GBP 500 million deal. The acquisition includes the marine products, systems and aftermarket services businesses of subsidiaries of Rolls-Royce Plc. "The sale includes propulsion, deck machinery, automation and control, a service network … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce CEO Sets Ambitious Goals

by Sarah Young (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce said it would exceed its 2020 guidance as it announced new ambitious mid-term goals, sending its shares to four-year highs and reflecting investor faith that CEO Warren East can transform Britain’s best known engineering firm. The maker of engines for civil planes, military jets and ships has been in turnaround mode since 2015. … [Read more...]