Groke Technologies and Bar Technologies Join Forces to Revolutionize Autonomous Navigation Systems in Shipping Industry with WindWings

By Eleanor Harrison Mar25,2024
Collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke for Autonomous Navigation

The UK wind sail developer, Groke Technologies, and the Finnish technology company, Bar Technologies, are set to work together on autonomous navigation systems for vessels with WindWings. This partnership comes after successful voyages monitored by Groke’s Groke Pro situational awareness system, which was installed on Mitsubishi Corporation’s Kamsarmax bulk carrier, Pyxis Ocean. The sails were retrofitted with WindWings wind sails in 2017 at the Cosco yard in China.

The partnership between Groke and Bar Technologies is a significant step towards combining low carbon propulsion with the latest automation technologies. John Cooper, CEO of Bar Technologies, 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 higher safety standards and a cleaner future in the shipping industry.

Groke Pro provides images to bridge personnel from various locations around the vessel using sensor fusion technology to continuously track the ship’s surroundings. It 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. This technology has been approved by DNV and has successfully monitored voyages on Pyxis Ocean.

By Eleanor Harrison

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