Fujitsu and Kongsberg Digital have collaborated to tackle GHG emissions, using an AI Fuel Optimization Service. Namely, the new digital web service will allow shipping companies to reduce fuel costs for large ships and comply with new low sulphur fuel regulations, without needing complex ship re-engineering or major expenditure by ship owners and operators.
The Fujitsu VFO service is applicable across several shipping classes, generating savings for customers, while also putting them on course to meet GHG reduction targets for the maritime transport sector.
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No sensor or software installation is needed to be equipped on the ships, as the service is a web-based application that can be deployed immediately. It uses AI to learn ship captains’ strategies and ships’ performances, combines this with meteorological and hydrographic forecasts, like wind, waves and ocean currents, and suggests the best routes to maximize energy-efficiency, safety and profitability.
The VFO service is an AI and data analytics ship route optimization solution, able of using open-source AIS data. It enables shipmasters and onshore managers to follow planned and updated routes and maintain dialogue with the crew about the best route, in order to save fuel as well.
New services will also be offered, capable of leveraging input from ships’ VDRs (Vessel Data Recorders), like the engine log and sensor data from more modern, data-rich seafaring vessels.
Yves de Beauregard, Head of Digital Business Solutions at Fujitsu EMEIA, commented:
The Fujitsu Vessel Fuel Optimization service is a quick and straightforward solution that will lead to reduced fuel costs and the ability to maintain profitability, while at the same time contributing to cleaner air and lower greenhouse gas emissions
Moreover, such a solution could improve fleet operating efficiencies by large margins, while it would also lead to numerous significant business outcomes for the maritime industry, according to Vigleik Takle, SVP of Maritime Digital Solutions at Kongsberg Digital.