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K Line to use AI to improve management and navigation

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has announced it will use artificial intelligence (AI) technology on approximately 300 of its vessels as part of a project to improve performance evaluation accuracy and navigation.

In a statement, it said it will use AI software from technology experts Bearing and described accurate evaluation of vessel operations as “highly important”. The carrier will use its existing internet of things (IoT) technologies as part of the upgrade.

“For many years, we have focused on collection of high-quality data and advanced data analysis technology and have made various efforts to improve the accuracy of performance evaluation technology,” it said.

“As a part of this, from the end of 2019, we have conducted a demonstration experiment to verify and evaluate data analysis technology by AI developed by Bearing, Inc.

“As a result, we have confirmed that we could see the result with significantly higher accuracy compared with existing performance evaluation technology.”

K Line said by utilising Bearing’s technology and high operational data, it will be able to not only accurately grasp the operational performance of each vessel but also examine fuel reduction efforts and improve overall ship management.

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