Fujitsu announced the results of a field trial that was conducted with the help of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. This trial analyzed marine traffic risks in the Singapore Strait, with Fujitsu presenting the usefulness of a new ship collision risk prediction technology. This new technology leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in predicting near misses between vessels.
Artificial intelligence and automation will improve the human’s place in the near future. Mainly, Jeremy Bogaisky, Deputy Editor at Forbes, quotes that autonomous and remote-control shipping is sure to decrease cost of consumer goods and enhance safety for passenger ferries and cruise liners.
The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and Aalto University will cooperate with maritime solution providers Fleetrange and Tallink Grupp on a project to develop autonomous shipping. Mainly, the project’s goal is to create a system that automatically identifies and recognizes objects, such as navigation aids and other vessels around the ship, improving situational awareness.
Rolls-Royce and Intel revealed plans for collaboration on designs for sophisticated intelligent shipping systems to make commercial shipping safer. With a focus on safety, new ships will have systems with the same technology found in smart cities, autonomous cars and drones.
During his presentation at the SAFETY4SEA Cyprus conference, Sotiris Kambanellas, President, YoungShip Cyprus presented key issues with regards to crewing in the 21st century, considering how new technologies are impacting the global shipping industry. In a constantly evolving world, even a more “traditional” industry like shipping is already changing.
Maersk will cooperate with Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics to try a situational awareness technology onboard one of Maersk’s new-build Winter Palace ice-class containerships. The technology uses artificial intelligence to improve at-sea situational awareness, object identification and tracking capabilities.
Fujitsu, Singapore Management University, and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing, will collaborate to develop new technologies to improve vessel traffic management in the Port of Singapore, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. These technologies will use AI and big data analytics.
Rolls-Royce’s MAXCMAS research project found that the use of newly developed algorithms allowed existing COLREGs to remain relevant in a crewless environment, and that Artificial Intelligence-based navigation systems can comply with the rules to avoid collision effectively, even when approaching manned vessels were interpreting the rules differently.
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