Automated situational awareness platform reduces close encounters for vessels by over 25%
Orca AI is said to be the world’s first automated situational awareness platform. The company this week revealed data showing that in 2022, 110 vessels using Orca AI saw, on average, a 26.9% reduction in the number of close encounter events, a 21.6% decline in sharp manoeuvres, and an 18% reduction in extreme drops of speed.
According to Orca AI, these improvements in operational efficiency led to a 66,300 tonne reduction in CO₂ emissions in total.
The types of vessels that were monitored included tankers, containers, bulkers, and roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) vessels. Each of these commercial vessels were equipped with the Orca AI platform throughout 2022.
Orca AI is powered by machine learning and computer vision technologies, designed to allow fleet managers, operators, and crews to ‘make data-driven decisions in congested waters and in low-visibility conditions’. This can help reduce collisions and increase operational efficiency, cutting both fuel costs and CO₂ emissions.
Dor Raviv, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Orca AI, explained: “Orca AI was founded with a fundamental commitment to help create a safer, more efficient, and sustainable shipping industry.
“The impressive numbers are a result of our cutting-edge technology, and a close collaboration with our innovative and forward-thinking customers. The learnings from data collected by our platform helped our customers to adjust their companies’ safety policies and navigation-related operations and processes.
“The masters, officers, and fleet managers we worked with quickly realised that Orca AI generates a real, tangible impact, and helps to mitigate the associated costs of safety incidents, downtime and reputational damage.”