‘K’ Line moves forward with autonomous shipping
JAPAN’s “K” Line’s autonomous shipping drive is being advanced with the collaboration of Fujitsu, Japan Radio Co (JRC), and Groke Technologies to develop a navigation support system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies to man safe maneuvering decisions at sea a working reality, reports Singapore’s Splash 247.
Demonstrations at sea will begin in April 2023 on a variety of ship types and routes.
The collaborative effort seeks to prevent ship accidents and groundings by integrating K Line’s maneuvering expertise and experience, JRC marine radio technology, and YDK’s steering and propulsion control technology.
The technology is designed to satisfy the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Degree 1 qualification for autonomous ship development phases where some of the ship’s operation is automated but the crew remains on board.