FIP-S2@Novia is an applied research platform, which develops and tests customised and intelligent solutions for the needs of the maritime industry. We are experts in smart shipping solutions and maritime simulations.

Background of FIP-S2@Novia

Digitalisation is a global trend in the maritime industry, with ship autonomy as a growing trend. The industry needs smart, safe and cost-efficient technology solutions, which need to be tested in realistic conditions.

This is where FIP-S2@Novia comes into the picture. We offer a wide range of knowledge and understanding in smart technologies, maritime operations and maritime simulations. With our interdisciplinary approach, we help our customers in creating new solutions to complex, multisystem environments in the maritime domain.

Maritime companies and their operations are international by nature. This can be a challenge for research and development, which is often organised on a national level. FIP-S2@Novia partners Novia and Fraunhofer CML share the vision of creating a truly international ecosystem for maritime research, specifically for smart shipping.

FIP-S2@Novia is built on years of co-operation and mutual trust. Novia and Fraunhofer CML have worked together in several joint EU-projects. Now they join forces in long-term co-operation.

Fraunhofer CML is part of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. It is the strongest applied research organisation in Europe, with more than 75 institutes specialising in various fields of technology in Germany and in a global co-operation network.

Based in Novia’s Aboa Mare maritime campus in Turku, Finland, FIP-S2@Novia offers the Finnish and the Northern European maritime industry a more direct access to the Fraunhofer network for the first time.

Our services

FIP-S2@Novia covers a wide range of applied research services from feasibility studies and specific software and technology developments to testing of third-party systems.

We offer cost-efficient and high quality R&D services with strong expertise in smart shipping, maritime operations and maritime simulations. We are also building up a broad testing architecture of maritime digital twins and interfaces.

Who are we for?

FIP-S2@Novia serves a wide range of actors in the maritime cluster. They can be technology developers, navigational equipment manufacturers, engine and machine automation providers, shipping companies, ports, maritime authorities or simulator providers, to name a few.

We serve a variety of needs in the maritime industry – from rapid testing and development to long-term collaborations. We are here for you, whether you are an established actor in the maritime sector or wanting to get into the market with a promising solution. Do not hesitate to contact us!

A network of smart shipping expertise

FIP-S2@Novia is a part of a larger research and product development ecosystem for smart shipping in Turku region, Finland. We collaborate with the local universities and the global Fraunhofer network when additional research expertise and facilities are required.

FIP-S2@Novia in a nutshell

Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML

  • Develops innovative and future-oriented technology solutions for the maritime sector and the maritime supply chain. Based in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Staff of nearly 50 scientists and 50 students
  • Laboratory facilities: ship handling simulators, a MASS-test-bed, maritime machine learning cluster and two smart shipping test vessels.
  • Core competences: development and assessment of technologies for autonomous systems and nautical assistance systems, nautical safety and risk analyses and maneuver optimization, and AIS-based data analyses of maritime transport and routing.
  • A part of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, which is the world’s leading applied research organisation. It operates 75 institutes and research institutions in Germany and has a global co-operation network. It has a staff of 29 000, majority of which are qualified scientists and engineers who work with an annual research budget of 2.8 billion euros.

Novia UAS, Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Centre

  • Over 200 years of experience in training the best mariners in the world.

  • An R&D team specialised in maritime simulations.

  • 500 students and 1500 training course participants from maritime companies around the world yearly.

  • Staff of around 30 researchers and teachers.

  • Laboratory facilities: ship handling simulators, maritime technology simulators, Aboa Mare Remote Operating Centre, APIs to extend ship simulations, for instance with VR components and autonomous navigation algorithms.

  • Core competences: maritime simulations, maritime operations, operational safety, crew performance assessment, HMI testing, intelligent and autonomous maritime systems, interoperability of digital maritime systems, and development of standards.