Food Logistics January/February 2020

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SECTOR REPORTS OCEANS & PORTS

BY CYNTHIA Y. MCCANN, FREELANCER

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES Discover how AI, IoT and blockchain are ushering in improved operations and visibility for ocean ports and carriers..

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hile ocean carriers handle 90% of the world’s trade, the sector itself lags in the adoption of technology. However, changes in shipping are currently underway, allowing companies to engage in a competitive race to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and other emerging technologies to improve operations, visibility and decision-making. AI-based software helps ocean carriers process massive amounts of information at high speeds. Results range from increased fuel efficiency to optimized transit times, while access to more detailed and actionable information is becoming more beneficial for cargo owners. That’s because AI can be deployed in several areas of maritime navigation, such as managing vessels, port traffic and vessel maintenance. In addition, the technology is being developed for the use in autonomous vessel operations. But, reducing vessel emissions and improving fuel efficiency remains an ongoing goal. For example, in June 2019, Fujit-

su and Kongsberg unveiled a new tool called Vessel Fuel Optimization (VFO), which takes information from a vessel’s Vessel Data Recorder and uses AI to learn the ship captain’s strategy and the vessel’s performance, then combines them

o n p co with meteorological and hydrographic forecasts to provide the best routing for maximum fuel efficiency, safety and profitability. The solution is particularly timely following the Jan. 1 implementation of the International Maritime

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Sea Machines Robotics

Sea Machines Robotics’ AI-powered situational awareness and advanced perception system in use on a containership.

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