(STAMFORD, Conn.) — The SHIPPINGInsight Award for 2018 was presented Wednesday to CMA CGM Group and Shone Automation for an artificial intelligence (AI) pilot program for bridge operations at the seventh Fleet Optimization & Innovation Conference in Stamford, Conn.
The award is presented annually to honor a shipping company and its technology partners for the successful implementation of an innovative initiative that advances the state of the art in ship and fleet optimization.
CMA CGM and Shone collaborated to create and deploy a system to improve situational awareness, streamline bridge operations and enhance safety of navigation. The system fuses data from bridge navigation sensors and installed cameras and employs advanced AI techniques taking into account the COLREG rules to give bridge watch standers an important decision-making support tool for piloting and collision avoidance.
“The pilot program validated the feasibility and value of retrofitting existing ships with technology to provide assistance to the navigation crew,” said Shone co-founder Clement Renault. “Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques have been used to perform object detection in real time and augment the information already available from standard sensors such as AIS and radar.”
“Shone and CMA CGM are to be commended for their unique achievement in this pilot program, which brings innovative technologies from self-driving cars and drones to shipping,” said Carleen Lyden Walker, SHIPPINGInsight conference director and chief innovation officer. “This is a great example of what SHIPPINGInsight conferences are all about – bringing together shipping companies and technology developers to create innovative solutions to the challenges facing the industry today and in the future.”