Bar Technologies and Iara Marine Technologies have developed WindWings wind sails, which were recently retrofitted on Mitsubishi Corporation’s Kamsarmak bulk carrier, Pikis Ocean. The 37.5 m sails were installed at the Cosco shipyard in China, but their use partially limits visibility. To address this issue, Groke Technologies of Finland has been approved by DNV to install its Groke Pro situational awareness system on the ship.

After successful voyages overseen by Groke and Bar Technologies, the two companies plan to work together on additional autonomous navigation systems to improve maritime safety and port operations for ships using WindWings. The Groke Pro system provides bridging images to personnel from different locations on board, using sensor fusion technology to continuously monitor the ship’s environment and combine data from sensors, radar, AIS and cameras for real-time risk analysis and decision support.

John Cooper, CEO of Bar Technologies, views this partnership as a key step towards integrating low-carbon propulsion and automation technologies in the marine industry. He emphasizes the importance of innovation and collaboration with industry experts to overcome operational challenges. Juha Rokka, CEO of Groke Technologies, shares this vision and is committed to leading the way in developing higher safety standards and a cleaner future through his company’s technology and expertise.

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