Revolutionary Collaboration between Bar Technologies, Groke Technologies, and Cargill: Combining WindWings with Autonomous Navigation for a Sustainable Future in Shipping

Collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke for Autonomous Navigation

In 2017, Mitsubishi Corporation’s Kamsarmax bulk carrier, Pyxis Ocean, was constructed and chartered by Cargill. The vessel was the first to be retrofitted with WindWings wind sails, developed by Bar Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies. These sails, which stand at 37.5m tall, were installed on the 80,962dwt ship at the Cosco yard in China. However, a visibility issue was caused by the sails and to address this issue 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, Bar Technologies and Finnish technology company have partnered to develop autonomous navigation systems for vessels with WindWings. The Groke Pro system provides images to bridge personnel from various locations around the vessel using sensor fusion technology that continuously tracks 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.

John Cooper CEO of Bar Technologies sees this partnership as a significant step towards combining low carbon propulsion with the latest automation technologies. He emphasizes that overcoming operational challenges can only be done through innovation or partnerships with industry specialists. Juha Rokka CEO of Groke Technologies expressed confidence in their technology and expertise to contribute to higher safety standards and a cleaner future in the shipping industry.

The success of this project has set an example for other shipping companies looking to reduce their environmental impact while improving safety standards on board their vessels. With continued innovation in technology and partnerships between companies like Bar Technologies and Groke Technologies, it is possible to create a more sustainable future for shipping as we know it today.

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