Ocean Infinity buys Red Rock to integrate autonomous shipping technologies

Marine robotics company Ocean Infinity has announced the acquisition of Red Rock, a technology firm focused on autonomous port operations and unmanned shipping.

The acquisition will combine Ocean Infinity’s ‘Armada’ robotic vessels with Red Rock’s hardware and software systems for remote and autonomous handling, with the aim of providing a range of new options to improve port operations and ship operations through artificial intelligence-enabled low-emissions movement of vessels and cargo.

All of Red Rock’s business lines, spanning marine, artificial intelligence, software solutions and digital consulting, are included as part of the acquisition. Ocean Infinity’s footprint in Europe will now extend to offices in Norway and Romania, alongside its existing presence in North America, the Middle East and Africa. The enlarged group will have a full-time headcount of approximately 600 people.

“The Red Rock team, with their technology-focused and forward-thinking approach to marine logistics, are an excellent addition to Ocean Infinity,” said Dan Hook, Ocean Infinity’s Chief Technology Officer.

“Across the industry, there’s been much talk about the role that remote technologies will play in the future of ports and shipping as the world looks for ways to reduce its collective carbon footprint. This acquisition is pivotal in the journey towards smarter, cleaner ways of operating at sea.”

“Together, Ocean Infinity and Red Rock have all the ingredients to develop next-generation shipping to provide the industry with the ability to operate safely on a global scale, with minimal environmental impact. I’m incredibly excited to welcome the Red Rock team onboard.”

Ocean Infinity already announced the acquisition of software engineering firm Abyssal earlier this year.

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