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Collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke to enhance autonomous navigation

Mitsubishi Corporation’s Kamsarmax bulk carrier, Pyxis Ocean, was the first vessel to be retrofitted with WindWings wind sails, developed by Bar Technologies and partner Yara Marine Technologies. The sails, standing 37.5m tall, were installed on the 80,962dwt vessel at the Cosco yard in China. However, they partially restrict visibility so the Groke Pro situational awareness system from Groke Technologies in Finland was also installed and approved by DNV.

The UK wind sail developer and Finnish technology company plan to work together on additional autonomous navigation systems to improve safety at sea and port operations for ships using WindWings. The Groke Pro system provides images to bridge personnel from various locations on the vessel, using sensor fusion technology to continuously track the ship’s surroundings and combine data from sensors, radar, AIS, and cameras for real-time risk analysis and decision support.

Bar Technologies CEO John Cooper sees this partnership as a crucial step towards integrating low carbon propulsion and the latest automation technologies in the maritime industry. He emphasizes the importance of innovation and collaboration with industry specialists to overcome operational challenges. Groke Technologies CEO Juha Rokka shares this vision, stating that Groke is dedicated to leading the way in the evolving shipping industry and supporting higher safety standards and a cleaner future through their technology and expertise.

Groke Technologies has been developing autonomous navigation systems for some time now. Their latest project is focused on improving safety at sea by providing real-time data analysis of various factors such as weather conditions, vessel speed, location, and other relevant information. The system uses machine learning algorithms to identify potential risks and make recommendations based on current conditions.

Bar Technologies has been working with Yara Marine Technologies for several years now on developing wind power solutions for ships. The WindWings system is a great example of how renewable energy can be integrated into shipping operations to reduce emissions while still maintaining efficiency.

Overall, this partnership between Bar Technologies

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