Smart ships and maritime technology

VTT provides research and innovation support for developing smart shipping solutions, such as zero-emission vessels, autonomous ships and clean power solutions. The goal is to enable zero-emission targets, high performance and safety at seas.

Key facts about smart ships and maritime technology


Ship-handling simulator including autonomous features.


Full scale tests; at open water and arctic conditions.

Maritime stakeholders and authorities have set clear goals to reduce emissions: The International Maritime Organization’s 2050 target is to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 50 % by 2050. Simultaneously, smart shipping enables new optimisation of operation, and constantly enhancing design methods can bring significant energy savings in ships. VTT will innovate and enhance your maritime offering towards zero-emission targets and ensure its high performance and safe operation utilising smart shipping applications. 

Smart shipping enables zero-emission targets

Rising environmental awareness and marine technology enablers are creating new megatrends; zero-emission vessels, autonomous ships, clean power solutions. In order to provide successful and safe solutions, the new innovative concepts have to be investigated thoroughly. Research infrastructure have to support development of new design methods, and concept optimisation and verification and validation studies.

We help customers reach zero-emission targets within the IMO2050 context. 

Emissions include herein all emissions; greenhouse gas and other emissions to air, underwater emissions such as noise, emissions inside the vessel, and waste treatment, for example.

Inclusive research infrastructure

VTT’s marine technology research infrastructure includes facilities both for research, development and innovation as well as verification and validation. A comprehensive range of theoretical and numerical methods is available for exploration and validation of novel concept designs: state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics methods for ship resistance, propulsion and seakeeping investigations, and the VTT ship handling simulator for maneuvering and autonomous navigation. The full scale tests are applied to validate design concepts.

Design and operation optimisation

Design optimisation together with the validation during the concept design stage are the key elements in VTT’s Zero-Emission and smart shipping offering. Moreover, utilising the state-of-art research methods, the operation optimisation studies can be carried out to ensure the most efficient usage of vessel.


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Aapo Lahti

Aapo Lahti

Customer Account Lead
Research expertise