Stena Line has expanded the roll out of its Stena Fuel Pilot Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant to two further vessels, Stena Flavia and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, as it looks to create a 5% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions during operations.
In total, seven Stena Line vessels are now operating with AI assistance, with plans in place for a full fleet-wide rollout. The system was first used as part of a pilot study on the Stena Scandinavica on the Gothenburg-Kiel route in 2018, with the goal of investigating how artificial intelligence could be used to support the captains and crews onboard to operate more energy efficiently.
The AI assistant combines artificial intelligence and data sources such as current, waves, depth and wind, as well as vessel characteristics and the route timetable. Conservative fuel saving estimates have been calculated at 2%, though Stena Line believes the potential optimal level is more than 5%.
“We are working hard to reduce our fuel consumption and emissions, while at the same time exploring tomorrow’s fuels and technologies,” said Erik Lewenhaupt, Group Head of Sustainability at Stena Line.
“The main drivers behind the reduction of emissions in 2020 are that we have introduced three new energy-efficient vessels, on the Irish Sea. We have also introduced renewable shore electricity during port calls in Kiel and in total seven ships in the fleet have been equipped with the AI assistant Stena Fuel Pilot to support our captains in operating the vessels in the most energy-efficient way.”