Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
Collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke for Autonomous Navigation

In 2017, Mitsubishi Corporation’s Kamsarmax bulk carrier, Pyxis Ocean, was constructed and chartered by Cargill. The first vessel to be retrofitted with WindWings wind sails, developed by Bar Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies, was installed on the 80,962dwt vessel at the Cosco yard in China. To address the visibility issue caused by the sails, the Groke Pro situational awareness system from Groke Technologies in Finland was approved by DNV and installed on the ship.

After successful voyages monitored by Groke, Bar Technologies and Finnish technology company will collaborate on autonomous navigation systems for vessels with WindWings. The Groke Pro system provides images to bridge personnel from various locations around the vessel. It uses sensor fusion technology to continuously track the ship’s surroundings and combines data from sensors, radar, AIS information, and Groke’s cameras. Machine vision and machine learning tools support the crew with accurate information for decision-making, including real-time risk analysis.

Bar Technologies CEO John Cooper sees this partnership as a significant step towards combining low carbon propulsion with the latest automation technologies. He emphasized the importance of overcoming operational challenges through innovation or partnerships with industry specialists. On his part, Groke Technologies CEO Juha Rokka expressed confidence in their technology and expertise to contribute to higher safety standards and a cleaner future in the shipping industry.

The collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke aims to create a safer and more sustainable shipping industry through innovative technologies such as autonomous navigation systems. With WindWings wind sails already installed on Pyxis Ocean, this new venture could lead to further advancements in low carbon propulsion that benefit both companies’ bottom line while contributing to a better environment for all.

By Aiden Nguyen

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