Revolutionizing Shipping with Autonomous Navigation and Low Carbon Propulsion: Groke Technologies and Bar Technologies Partner to Develop Cutting-Edge Systems

Collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke for Autonomous Navigation

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. The sails, which are 37.5m tall, were installed on the 80,962dwt vessel at the Cosco yard in China. However, due to visibility issues 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, UK wind sail developer and Finnish technology company will work together 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.

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. 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.

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