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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By the end of 2020, Stena Line plans to install the AI software on 38 of its vessels throughout Europe.


Image recognition systems

AI is being used for ship image recognition systems as part of a collaboration between Chinese tech company SenseTime and Japanese shipping firm Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).


SenseTime’s system uses ultra-high-resolution cameras and a graphic processing unit (GPU) to automatically identify vessels in the surrounding area. It is intended to help improve safety and help stop large vessels colliding with smaller ones. It can also provide alerts to other hazards, particularly when visibility is poor. The image recognition technology could be used to monitor shipping lanes, as well as for security and coastguard operations.

Navigation systems

Navigation is one obvious area with potential for AI use in shipping and a number of systems are currently in development.


Orca AI is one such AI navigation platform being developed. The company’s solution combines sensors and cameras with deep learning algorithms. It is able to locate and track other vessels on the water and take action to avoid collisions.


Meanwhile, Wärtsilä subsidiary Transas’ Navi-Planner is an AI platform that uses machine learning to optimise voyage planning.