Collaboration between Bar Technologies and Groke to enhance autonomous navigation

Mitsubishi Corporation’s Kamsarmax bulk carrier, Pyxis Ocean, was retrofitted with WindWings wind sails, developed by Bar Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies. The 37.5m tall sails 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.

After several successful voyages monitored by Groke, 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 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.

By Riley Johnson

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