Stena Line Collaborates with Hitachi to Develop AI-Assisted Ferry

By ,   September 15, 2018 ,   Cruise Industry

Stena Line collaborated with technology giant Hitachi to develop an AI (artificial intelligence) model that can help ships to reduce fuel consumption and thus lower environmental impact.

The new model is being developed under pilot study aiming to use AI technology in order to predict the most fuel-efficient means of operating a certain ship on a specific route.

The first pilot study is conducted onboard Stena Scandinavica plying between Gothenburg and Kiel, under the supervision of the ferry’s senior master Jan Sjöström.

Stena Scandinavica ferry

This AI-based model is due to serve as ultimate decision support system for the ship's captain prior to planning each sailing and aims to provide precise information on a variety of aspects like accurate predictions of currents, and help share knowledge to the next generation of officers and captains.

If successful, the new AI-based model will enable the company to achieve its sustainability goal of reduction of fuel consumption by 2.5% per year.