Norway earmarks $4m in funding for sustainable shipping AI research

A group of seven maritime industry partners, led by NAVTOR, have been granted NOK 44 million (approx. US$4.2 million) in funding by the Norwegian government for research into the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to drive advancements in sustainable shipping.

The Green AI for Sustainable Shipping (GASS) project, supported by the Norwegian Government’s Green Platform scheme, aims to improve the profile of vessel energy usage with new AI technologies.

The initiative, with a projected total cost of some NOK 72 million (approx. US$6.85 million), will look to demonstrate how technology can help vessel owners and operators to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving ship performance, improving both business competitiveness and environmental impact.  

“The support we are providing to these major projects is a significant contribution to the government’s goals for green transition and business growth,” said Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, Jan Christian Vestre.

In addition to NAVTOR, the project will include Grieg Star, NCE Maritime CleanTech, ScanReach, Simula Research Laboratory, SinOceanic Shipping, and the Sustainable Energy Norwegian Catapult Centre.

“This is a significant step forward in our efforts towards sustainable shipping. We combine vast vessel data with a digital twin to develop services that monitor, analyse, and optimise fuel consumption,” said Bjørn Åge Hjøllo, Chief Sustainability Officer at NAVTOR.

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