Maersk to trial situational awareness system  powered by artificial intelligence aboard a containership

24/05/20180 CommentsLuis Gondelles
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Maersk Line will test the allegedly first situational awareness system powered by artificial intelligence aboard a containership. The Danish company partnered with Sea Machine Robotics to test the technology aboard one of Maersk’s newest containerships, the Vistula. Sea Machine’s system, similar to Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) commonly found in automobiles, uses advanced sensors to collect a continuous stream of information from a vessel’s surroundings, identifying and tracking potential conflicts as well as displaying information in the wheelhouse, facilitating safer and more efficient maritime operations. The company says its situational awareness system powered by artificial intelligence is meant to improve at-sea, object identification and tracking capabilities. In a press release, Sea Machine said the deal is very important, not only for the company and Maersk, but for the maritime industry as a whole since its installation marks the first time a situational awareness system powered by artificial intelligence, which uses Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) and perception software, is implemented in a containership. Michael Johnson, Sea Machine CEO, explained the company is extremely proud because of the agreement with Maersk, the world’s largest shipping line. “This partnership with Maersk marks our first foray into the shipping sector and allows us to positively contribute towards the operator’s technology goals”, Johnson said. Sea Machine Robotics is a company founded in 2015 and builds autonomous vessel software and systems with the goal of enhancing the safety, efficiency and performance of ships, workboats and commercial vessels. The company recently introduced the world’s first industrial-grade control system providing autonomous and remote vessel controls for workboats and other vessels. With information from:  

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