Last month, the AI â€‹â€‹assistant Stena Fuel Pilot was successfully introduced on two other Stena Line ships, the Stena Flavia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. A total of 7 Stena Line ships are now working with AI support, with the aim of reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 5%.
The Stena Fuel Pilot started in 2018 as a pilot study for the Stena Scandinavica on the Gothenburg-Kiel route with the task of examining and researching how artificial intelligence can help captains and crews on board to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions .
The AI â€‹â€‹assistant, now called “Stena Fuel Pilot”, combines artificial intelligence, nautical know-how and data sources such as currents, waves, depth, wind as well as the ship’s characteristics and the route timetable. The conservative fuel saving is 2% and the potential is over 5%. A total of 7 Stena Line ships in Scandinavia, Germany and the Baltic Sea are now operating with AI support and the company is planning a fleet-wide rollout. The last two to introduce the AI â€‹â€‹assistant on board were Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on the Trelleborg-Rostock route and Stena Flavia, which is currently operating on NynÃ¤shamn-Ventspils.
â€œWe are working hard to reduce our fuel consumption and emissions while researching the fuels and technologies of tomorrow. The main reasons for reducing emissions in 2020 are the introduction of three new energy efficient ships on the Irish Sea. In addition, we introduced renewable shore power when we called the port in Kiel and equipped a total of seven ships in the fleet with the Stena Fuel Pilot AI assistant to help our captains operate the ships as energy-efficiently as possible, â€says Erik Lewenhaupt, Group Head of Sustainability at Stena Line.
In 2020, Stena Line further reduced its total CO2 emissions and is ten years ahead of the IMO targets for reducing international shipping emissions *. The use of artificial intelligence on board is one of the four key areas that Stena Line has identified in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2030 in order to achieve the ambitious goal of being completely fossil-free by 2050. The other key areas are the electrification of port and ship operations, the increased use of alternative fuels such as methanol and hydrogen as well as the modernization of the existing fleet and the introduction of new efficient ships such as the five E-Flexer ships, which will be introduced in 2020-2022.
Source: Stena Line