Top five AI trends in shipping for 2020

Alexander Love lists down areas that artificial intelligence (AI) is beneficial to such as automated processes at shipping terminals and reducing fuel consumption.

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The buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) continues to proliferate, with shipping companies beginning to explore AI’s potential in predictive maintenance, intelligent scheduling and real-time analytics.


GlobalData’s ship technology writer Alexander Love looks at five specific areas set to benefit from artificial intelligence in 2020:


Automated processes at shipping terminals

The shipping industry is growing in confidence at AI technology’s capacity to run processes at container terminals and expects it to play a big role in operations in the near future.


In a survey by Navis, 83% of respondents expect to increase their investment in AI technologies within the next three years. A large proportion of participants also agreed that AI could be involved in automating processes at terminals, such as container handling equipment assignments (81%), decking systems (81%), recommended actions (69%), predicting gate volumes (59%), and stowage of vessels (52%).

Reducing fuel consumption

Since 2018 Stena Line has been experimenting with AI tech on the Stena Scandinavica ferry, which travels overnight from Gothenburg in Sweden to Kiel, north Germany. The company has been collaborating on this project with tech firm Hitachi. Their tests have proven that the platform can provide fuel savings of up to 3%.