Revolutionizing Shipping with Low Carbon Propulsion and Autonomous Navigation Systems: The Successful Collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke Technologies”.

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 vessel was retrofitted with WindWings wind sails, developed by Bar Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies. These sails were installed at the Cosco yard in China to address the visibility issue caused by their height.

To enhance the situational awareness of the ship, Groke Pro, a system from Groke Technologies in Finland, was approved by DNV and installed on Pyxis Ocean. This system provides images to bridge personnel from various locations around the vessel and uses sensor fusion technology to continuously track the ship’s surroundings. It combines data from sensors, radar, AIS information, and Groke’s cameras to support the crew with accurate information for decision-making, including real-time risk analysis.

The successful voyages monitored by Groke have led to a partnership between Bar Technologies and Groke to develop autonomous navigation systems for vessels with WindWings. The UK wind sail developer and Finnish technology company are confident that their expertise will contribute to higher safety standards and a cleaner future in the shipping industry. John Cooper, CEO of Bar Technologies, 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. Juha Rokka, CEO of Groke Technologies, expressed confidence in their technology and expertise to contribute to a more sustainable future in shipping.

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