Exciting AI Shipping Trends for 2020

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AI Is Changing The Shipping Industry

From our locations at all the major ports in South Africa, the Link Ship Chandlers team has a front-row seat to see the future of the shipping trade as it docks at our sought-after harbours. In fact, this is one of our favourite parts of being a full-service maritime and offshore procurement company in this vibrant industry! To get you as excited as we are about the extraordinary innovations in this industry as we are, we thought we’d share a few of the most inspiring AI shipping trends for 2020.


Improved Navigation Systems

Image recognition, tracking software and IoT connectivity are being used in tandem to create systems that can be used to analyse multiple navigation scenarios. By combining sensors and cameras with deep learning algorithms, the proposed AI platforms will be able to track and locate other ships in the vicinity to avoid unnecessary accidents.

A Welcome Drop-in Fuel Consumption

Stena Line is getting ready to introduce a new AI platform that will work to reduce the fuel consumption of its fleet. During their testing phase, it was determined that the initial version of the technology can lead to fuel savings of up to 3%, which is significant if you take into account the size of their fleet. The Stena Fuel Pilot considers factors like weather, currents and other variables to recommend the most efficient route.

Ships Without Any Crew

It may seem like something straight out of a science fiction movie, but unmanned vessels are becoming a tangible reality in our time. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) is due to depart from Plymouth in the UK and head across the Atlantic to Massachusetts, US in September of this year, and there won’t be a single person on board. Instead, the trimaran vessel will use IMB equipment like radar, GPS, satellites and sensors to gather data and find its way autonomously.

There you have it – the foreseeable future of the AI side of the shipping trade in a nutshell. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months as we share more exciting news and insider insight on all things shipping in South Africa and around the globe. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with a member of the Link Ship Chandlers team if you would like to learn more about the services we provide from the port in Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Coega, Durban and Richards Bay.

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