Liberty Maritime and ARC roll-out automated situational awareness system

US Ro-Ro operators Liberty Maritime Corporation (Liberty) and American Roll-On Roll-Off Carrier (ARC) have both agreed deals with Orca AI to deploy its automated situational awareness platform across their respective fleets.

Liberty was one of the earliest Orca AI customers, deploying the first Orca AI unit on a US flagged Ro-Ro vessel, Liberty Pride, in 2019. The system has now been expanded to its entire Ro-Ro vessel fleet.

The platform acts as a fully automatic watch-keeper, powered by computer vision and deep learning algorithms that detect, track and classify navigation-applicable targets that may pose a risk to the vessel.

An office dashboard also highlights potential high-risk events, providing operations teams ashore with recommendations to improve safety.

“We were looking for a solution that allows our operations team and masters to optimise vessel safety while adhering to vessel schedule requirements,” said Joshua Shapiro, COO of Liberty Maritime Corporation.

“We chose to partner with Orca AI to enhance the safety of our operations and to provide our fleet management team a more in-depth understanding of how our Ro-Ro vessels are performing under various navigational conditions.”

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