Collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke to enhance autonomous navigation

Revolutionary WindWings and Autonomous Navigation Solutions Join Forces to Boost Safety and Efficiency in Shipping Industry

In a groundbreaking development, Mitsubishi Corporation’s Kamsarmax bulk carrier, Pyxis Ocean, has been 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 success of these voyages has led to a partnership between UK wind sail developer and Finnish technology company 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.

Groke Technologies CEO Juha Rokka sees this partnership as a crucial step towards leading the way in the evolving shipping industry and supporting higher safety standards and a cleaner future through their technology and expertise. John Cooper, CEO of Bar Technologies agrees that innovation and collaboration with industry specialists are essential to overcome operational challenges in the maritime industry. Together, these two companies are paving the way for low carbon propulsion solutions that integrate automation technologies for safer operations at sea.

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