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CMA CGM Makes Waves with AI Ship Startup

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The CMA CGM Group has made progress in the field of artificial intelligence for maritime transportation after beginning a collaboration with San Francisco-based startup Shone.

Since developing new systems with Shone at the start of 2018, CMA CGM has begun to analyze its vessels' onboard data collection systems at the startup’s headquarters in San Francisco.

The French container shipping line has announced that it is working towards using the AI technology to facilitate the work of crews on board ships, whether in decision support, maritime safety or piloting assistance.

Read a Port Technology technical paper by INTTRA that has explored how AI can power the growth of shipping

For the security and anti-collision alert systems, Shone will fuse data from multiple sensors gathered from CMA CGM's ships, such as radar, camera, AIS, to increase detection accuracy and prevent potential collisions.

The technology is also being developed to adhere to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) rules by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global regulatory body for international shipping.

However, CMA CGM may also have to adhere to more than just the existing standards for ocean shipping as the IMO recently started exploring how it could regulate autonomous ship operations.

By collaborating with Shone, which was founded by three French engineers in 2017, the carrier has kept true to its digital transformation strategy which was implemented by Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group.

Read more: 

Infosys, an Indian multinational specializing next-generation technology, is helping CMA CGM to develop its business model through a seven-year partnership

Rodolphe Saadé plans to develop the company's digital evolution by creating its own start-up incubator

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