CMA CGM Teams with San Francisco Start-Up to Install Artificial Intelligence on Ships

Mike Schuler
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June 5, 2018

CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin. File photo courtesy CMA CGM

French shipping group CMA CGM has teamed up with a San Francisco startup to explore the use of artificial intelligence on board its ships.

CMA CGM, the world’s second largest container shipping line, said Tuesday it has launched a collaboration with Shone, a California-based startup launched by three French engineers in 2017 that specializes in the use of AI for maritime transportation.

The shipping group says the collaboration enables Shone to access the CMA CGM Group vessels to finalize the development of artificial intelligence systems on board container ships.

According to CMA CGM’s announcement, Shone will embed onboard data collection systems which will then be analyzed at the start-up’s headquarters in San Francisco, California. “Once the development is finalized, this innovation will facilitate the work of crews on board, whether in decision support, maritime safety or piloting assistance,” it said.

CMA CGM says far as security and anti-collision alert systems are concerned, Shone will fuse data from multiple sensors (radar, camera, AIS, etc.) in order to increase detection accuracy, “thus preventing potential collisions, taking into account COLREGs,” it said.

CMA CGM said the collaboration is in line with its strategy of innovation by way of the digital transformation implemented by Chairman and CEO, Rodolphe Saadé.

In April, the world’s largest shipping line Maersk announced a project to test AI situational awareness on board one of its containerships.

Earlier that same month, Hong Kong-based shipping company Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) teamed up with Microsoft’s research arm in Asia to advance the application of Artificial Intelligence research in the shipping industry. That collaboration aims to find ways to use AI to improve shipping network operations and achieve greater efficiency.

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