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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 

ONE SEA, the industry alliance which aims to lead the way towards an operating autonomous maritime ecosystem by 2025, has appointed Capt Eero Lehtovaara as its new Chairman.

Lehtovaara is a Master Mariner and Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, and Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs at ABB Marine & Ports. He has been a ONE SEA Board member for two years, as well as Vice Chairman. Previously head of ABB Marine & Ports’ Design House, he sits on ABS and Lloyd’s Register technical committees, is Chairman of CIMAC’s working group on azimuthing propulsion standards and is ABB’s delegate at the Global Environment Facility, UN Development Programme,IMO alliance.

“I am delighted to be heading the ONE SEA alliance at this time of digital transformation. My mission is to develop the alliance into the most influential think tank relating to autonomous and intelligent shipboard systems and operation,” said  Lehtovaara. “ONE SEA is a very exciting set-up in which member companies are fierce competitors on the one hand, but also appreciate that establishing new guidelines and regulations for autonomy in shipping requires a carefully coordinated and collaborative effort.”

Wärtsilä VP Digital Portfolio Management Mikko Tepponen is the new ONE SEA vice chairman.

Lehtovaara said the relationship between technological advance and regulation had been a key focus over recent times. “We are entering new times as connectivity allows ships to become part of integrated systems with an element of control now possible from shore. However, the legal requirements associated with intelligent systems and their impact on the shipping industry will require a partner for the regulatory bodies which are establishing the necessary new standards. Our members must be confident that a suitably robust legal framework exists for them to design, manufacture and market the autonomous systems of tomorrow. Their involvement is therefore essential, and the ONE SEA alliance will provide them with a coordinated voice.”

The latest company to join ONE SEA is Helsinki-based specialist in software, services and data analysis NAPA.

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