Swedish experts work on AI-powered ship operations system to cut emissions
To build an AI-powered, semi-autonomous system for planning and executing sea voyages, Lean Marine and AI-application developers Molflow have joined forces with Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.
The Via Kaizen project is financed by Trafikverket, the Swedish Transport Administration, and coordinated by CIT Industriell Energi AB.
The initiative, aimed at assisting to carry out more energy efficient sea voyages, began in August 2020.
It builds on the FuelOpt and Fleet Analytics technologies from Lean Marine and the Slipstream technology from Molflow, allowing for a greater degree of digitalization and automation in vessel operations.
“In the Via Kaizen project, Slipstream will be trained on ship data available from Lean Marine’s Fleet Analytics™ platform and will describe the vessel performance in different conditions with deep learning technologies,” stated Joakim Möller, Founder of Molflow.
The FuelOpt 'on top' propulsion automation system dynamically optimizes the propulsion line, based on orders provided by the AI system developed within the framework of the Via Kaizen project, in real time.
Furthermore the FuelOpt system collects onboard data from the AI system and other signals.
The overwhelming amount of vessel data collected is then, as explained, fed into the Fleet Analytics cloud-based performance management framework of Lean Marine.
Also involved in the project is the Swedish Shipowners' Association, which offers valuable insights and feedback from the Swedish shipping industry and leads to the dissemination to the Swedish maritime industry of research findings and development information.
Maritime Business World