Maran Tankers Management (MTM) to use Orca AI collision avoidance platform

Computer Vision start-up Orca AI, which has created an automated situational awareness platform for safe marine navigation, has partnered with Maran Tankers Management (MTM) to equip subsequent tankers with its technology AI and thus make the right decision to avoid crews. Gives. Collision

About 4,000 marine accidents occur each year mainly due to human error, some of which are due in part to poor situational awareness and insufficient incident data possibilities in partially populated shipping areas.


Orca AI, an Israeli start-up founded in April 2018 by naval technology expert Yarden Gross and former Israeli Navy computer vision expert Dor Raviv, develops intelligent navigation solutions aimed at ensuring the safety of navigation and deep water lanes, from man-made errors to equations. Get rid of

The AI-based ship tracking system relies on the use of high-resolution thermal cameras, sensors as well as machine learning and computer vision algorithms. Information obtained from ships at sea, such as their depth in water, wind direction and strength, position, sailing speed are analyzed in real time, the crew is alerted in case of dangerous sailing.

Dor Raviv explains:

“One ship used to send GPS data and that’s it, but now every ship has broadband satellite communications and cloud connectivity. This is what drives Orca, as these data ships can be operated remotely. Ships are no longer floating islands. Technology has made ships smarter and improved their operation, efficiency and safety, leading to their autonomy. A

The platform allows operators to better understand the security performance of their fleet and identify areas that can still be improved.

Mark Pearson, managing director of Maron Tankers Management (MTM), said:

“Crude oil shipping is a very complex business. Our focus on security as well as our openness to technological innovation pushes us to constantly search for sophisticated solutions to reduce security risks. With Orca AI, MTM fleet crews now have additional advanced navigation tools to use that enable real-time, data-driven decisions. A

Yorden Gross, CEO and co-founder of Orca AI, says:

“We are delighted that an industry leader like Maran Tankers Management (MTM) has chosen Orca AI to further enhance the security of their fleet. Greek shipping has always been the mainstay of global shipping and today it is at the forefront of adopting new modern technology. We are pleased to support Maron Tankers Management (MTM), as they continue to navigate the seas. “

A successful test

In early June the test by the freighter Suzaku, a 749 gross ton ship, lasted 40 hours, with full autonomy active at 99% of the voyage.

The ship was operated by Orca AI’s Marine Collision Evidence System in partnership with Designing the Future of Full Autonomous Ships (DFFAS) and the Nippon Foundation.

During the test, the ship performed 107 collision avoidance techniques automatically during one-way travel. According to the consortium’s program manager, the system avoids a total of 400 to 500 ships. The trip started from Tokyo Bay – one of the busiest roads in the world – and then reached the port of Sumatsusaka in the Gulf of Aisi.

Orca AI’s algorithms were trained on data collected over a period of more than a year from the ship Suzaku to identify targets along Japan’s complex coastline. Data from the camera was transmitted to the Fleet Operations Center in Tokyo, hundreds of miles away.

Yarden Gross then said:

“We are honored to partner with the NYK Group-led DFFAS Consortium to pilot and automate merchant ships in the world’s most densely populated waters. The world’s first autonomous commercial voyage is a milestone in that voyage and we hope that the major shipping companies are implementing advanced artificial intelligence and computer vision technology to bring the vision of autonomous navigation to life. A

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