Collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke for Autonomous Navigation

Collaborative Innovation Fuels Cleaner and Safer Shipping: The Success Story of Pyxis Ocean with WindWings and Groke Pro

In 2017, Mitsubishi Corporation’s Kamsarmax bulk carrier, Pyxis Ocean, was built and chartered by Cargill. The ship was the first to be retrofitted with WindWings wind sails, developed by Bar Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies. These sails, at 37.5m tall, were installed on the 80,962dwt vessel at the Cosco yard in China. However, the visibility issue caused by the sails prompted the installation of Groke Pro situational awareness system from Groke Technologies in Finland on the ship. This system provides images to bridge personnel from various locations around the vessel and uses sensor fusion technology to continuously track the ship’s surroundings, combining 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.

After successful voyages monitored by Groke, Bar Technologies and Finnish technology company will collaborate on autonomous navigation systems for vessels with WindWings. John Cooper, CEO of Bar Technologies sees this partnership as a significant step towards combining low carbon propulsion with the latest automation technologies. He emphasized that overcoming operational challenges through innovation or partnerships with industry specialists is crucial in achieving higher safety standards and a cleaner future in shipping. Juha Rokka, CEO of Groke Technologies expressed his confidence in their technology and expertise to contribute to these goals.

The success of this project demonstrates how collaboration between different companies can lead to innovative solutions that address specific challenges faced by ships in operation today. With continued development of such technologies and systems in place, it is likely that we will see more sustainable and efficient shipping practices emerge in years to come.

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