Stena Line introduces AI assistant to reduce emissions

Seven Stena Line vessels now operate with the aid of Stena Fuel Pilot

Stena Line introduces AI assistant to reduce emissions

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Stena Line has introduced Stena Fuel Pilot on Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (pictured) and Stena Flavia

By Alex Smith |

Stena Line has introduced its artificial intelligence (AI) assistant Stena Fuel Pilot on two more of its vessels, Stena Flavia and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Seven Stena Line vessels now operate with AI assistance, with the operator aiming to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by five per cent.

The Stena Fuel Pilot takes account of data sources including current, waves, depth and wind, as well as the vessel characteristics and the route timetable. The AI assistant was first used onboard Stena Scandinavica on the route between Gothenburg, Sweden and Kiel, Germany in 2018 as part of a pilot study to investigate its ability to save fuel. The estimated fuel saved by its operation is at least two per cent, with a potential saving of up to five per cent.

Stena Line has identified AI as a solution that could help it to achieve its aim of reducing total carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent before 2030, and to be completely fossil fuel-free by 2050.

"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. “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."

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