As part of pushing new marine technology boundaries and maintaining its lead, Rolls-Royce has opened the first in a series of ship intelligence experience spaces. This follows the recent launch of the Crystal Blue superyacht concept, which included ship intelligence systems on board.

The aim of the new spaces is to show its customers, suppliers and partners how the latest digital solutions can transform the marine industry. The first Intelligent Asset Management (IAM) experience space has just opened in Ålesund, Norway and it demonstrates how ship intelligence systems can harness the “power of data” to optimise fleet operations, reduce operating costs and improve maintenance procedures.

The IAM space provides an area for Rolls-Royce customers to validate the advantages of using IAM systems, such as the Rolls-Royce Energy Management (EM) and Equipment Health Management (EHM) portals in real-time, operational environments.

Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce, President – Marine, said: “I am delighted to officially pronounce the Ålesund IAM Experience Space open for business. It is often difficult to convey the many commercial and operational benefits of new cloud-based digital technologies. But now, with the opening of this, the first in a number of planned Ship Intelligence Experience Spaces around the world, we can fully demonstrate for our customers the very tangible benefits of what is often considered an intangible technology.”

Split into two distinct areas – an ‘Intelligent Analytics Centre Collaborative Canvas’ area and a ‘Fleet Management Command Centre’ – the IAM Experience Space will showcase the Rolls-Royce range of digital products designed to support its customers in the management of their vessels and fleets. The facility also provides a workspace in which Rolls-Royce and its customers can hone existing digital solutions and collaborate on the development of new ones to meet their individual requirements.

The 62m (204ft) Crystal Blue superyacht and its related 42m (138ft) support vessel Blue Shadow were launched at the Superyacht Forum, held alongside the recent METSTRADE Show in Amsterdam. The double vessel concept attracted a lot of interest.