Safetytech Accelerator, launched by Lloyd’s Register, has selected three companies to join its Waypoint 3: Maritime Risk start-up programme, with ShipIn Systems, eyeGauge and Alicia Bots chosen from the more than 100 applicants.
Waypoint 3 is the third iteration of the Safetytech Accelerator programme, launched in February 2022 to work with technology companies focused on tackling major challenges in maritime risk. The initiative exclusively supports high tech start-ups aiming to secure paid pilot projects in the industry.
More than 100 companies applied, of which 22 were approached for further evaluation. Five finalists were invited to pitch in front of a judging panel made up of executives from Lloyd’s Register and Safetytech Accelerator, who made their selection based on three main criteria: commercial readiness, innovation and the potential impact they could make in maritime risk.
ShipIn’s Fleetvision Platform uses visual analytics and AI to improve ship-to-shore collaboration for maritime fleets by alerting shipowners, managers and seafarers to onboard events in real-time.
“The sharing of real-time operational data between ship and shore is one of the latest tech developments that will help deliver a safer and lower risk marine professional environment,” said Osher Perry, Co-Founder and CEO of Shipin.
“We are thrilled to be working with like-minded tech and maritime experts who share our passion for making safer shipping operationally and commercially attractive and look forward to fast-tracking our significant growth plans.”
eyeGauge offers a non-invasive ship digitalisation system that provides tools to support decision making in fleet operations, to improve emissions reduction and environmental compliance.
“Many challenges of maritime transportation like decarbonisation, safety risks, lack of transparency and others can be addressed with digital solutions. But this industry is adopting digital transformation very slowly,” said Rodion Denisyuk, eyeGauge CEO.
“It is very difficult for tech start-ups to navigate this environment and deliver the message to decision-makers. Therefore, we are very pleased and honoured to be selected by the SafetyTech accelerator to get help and support from high-profile mentors and reputable industry partners.”
Alicia Bots offers multipurpose robots designed for accomplishing high risk maritime tasks, such as hull cleaning and inspections.
“The endorsement by Safetytech Acclerator is a validation that the shipping industry is adapting to new technologies which embrace safety and efficiency. Alicia Bots provides proactive hull cleaning and inspections robots, which operate autonomously and are deployed by ship’s crew providing hull cleaning robots as a service,” said Inder Mukhopadhyay, CEO at Alicia Bots.
Between July and October, the Safetytech Accelerator team will work with the three companies to develop opportunities to pilot their technologies, as well as offering funding to support those pilot projects.
“The standard of Waypoint entries were high this year, however eyeGauge, Alicia Bots and ShipIn Systems stood out as excellent contenders for our programme. We believe they have the potential to make a positive impact in reducing risk and increasing safety in the maritime industry,” said Nadia Echchihab, Safetytech Accelerator Head of Innovation Programmes.
“We look forward to working together over the coming months, boosting their value propositions, and supporting them in generating new business opportunities.”