During another SMART4SEA Talk held by SAFETY4SEA back in June 2021, industry experts from ORCA AI shed light on the issue of shaping safer navigation with the help of artificial Intelligence, while discussed the opportunities that such AI-based navigation presents for collision avoidance.
Among others, experts Dor Raviv, CTO and co-founder at Orca AI and Philip Nielsen, General Manager Europe at Orca AI focused on the ship operators’ benefits of artificial-intelligence based navigation, the main findings and results of the camera performance analysis and the lessons learned using this new technology method.
With more than 4.000 ship incidents and collisions taking place each year and with most of the incidents happening in very congested areas, artificial-intelligence is a “game-changer” that enhances situational awareness and mitigates navigational risks.
…Mr. Philip Nielsen said.
According to Mr.Dor Raviv, ships today are more connected than ever. As observed, existing navigation equipment and flow of communication between ship and shore are currently being built in a more modern and appropriate manner.
Speaking of navigation equipment, Mr.Philip Nielsen noted that although the radar is a great and useful tool, especially in long-distance like 10-12 nautical miles, in small distances and very congested areas, where you may have 100 of vessels near you, or under hard weather conditions eg. rain, fog, the radar does produce a lot of false alarm.
In crowded, as well as narrow waterways, larger ships in particular have trouble due to lack of extra space to manoeuvre. Navigation in these areas relies heavily on the crew’s judgment to assess how to safely traverse. This leaves the window open for human error and collisions that could have been avoided.
We are hearing from the market that there is a huge concern combined this with less experienced crews onboard vessels. As a result this might lead to a very dangerous situation.
Continuing the vivid discussion, Mr Nielsen marked that all vessels can benefit from Artificial Intelligence technology. Namely, featuring powerful AI computer tech and navigation sensors can provide safer operations and transparency between ship and shore.
What is more, Mr. Dor Raviv said that ORCA’s AI system has the potential to prevent risks and boost the safety and efficiency of the crew, vessels, and cargo.
By combining AI and data generated from multiple sources, we create a powerful awareness system that provides predictions and alerts on hazards, reduces collisions and saves lives.
As the panelists informed, artificial intelligence technology helps the captain and the navigation crew to get an accurate view of the environment in real time, make life-altering decisions and prevent human errors.
Overall, on the same wavelength, Mr.Nielsen explained that the coronavirus has changed the whole situation, as remote surveys and technology solutions rapidly increased.
To be more realistic, things are changing in a dramatic speed and shipping companies who want to survive and grow, are becoming very quickly technology-mature.
You may view the full SMART4SEA TALK herebelow:
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