Wallenius Wilhelmsen is the first global shipping company to adopt a fully AI-based approach to voyage optimization. Having implemented live streaming of vital data onboard 65 vessels, this new approach will help reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent.
In particular, DeepSea and Wallenius Wilhelmsen worked on the project in close cooperation with their AI experts. Wallenius Wilhelmsen has set ambitious targets to reduce emissions by 27.5 per cent by 2030. “Half of this reduction will have to come from existing vessels. We are diligently working to find emissions-friendly solutions for our existing fleet.” says Geir Fagerheim, SVP Marine Operations at Wallenius Wilhelmsen.
“Not only are we becoming a key part of Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s decarbonization strategy, we are also working with professionals who truly want to contribute towards reducing fuel consumption, thus promoting a greener shipping industry altogether,” says Roberto Coustas, CEO at Deepsea. In an exclusive interview to SAFETY4SEA, Roberto Coustas, referred to the opportunities that AI-based vessel optimisation presents for the decarbonisation of fleets and the wider shipping industry.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen has been working with Athens-based maritime technology company DeepSea to rigorously test and further develop its vessel performance software over the last 18 months. For the past three years, Wallenius Wilhelmsen has made significant investments in its IT and cloud infrastructure and has been working to install sensors onboard vessels to obtain the data relevant for cutting back fuel consumption. These sensors monitor vital vessels’ operational parameters such as fuel consumption, shaft power, speed, electricity consumption, and more.