Japanese tanker firms invest in Finnish AI navigation startup

Three Japanese domestic tanker operators have invested in a Finnish smart navigation firm.

Groke Technologies was established in October 2019 to develop autonomous-related navigation solutions. It has since gained the backing of Japanese bluechip Mitsubishi Corporation.

Groke announced this week that it has raised funds from three Japanese tanker operators – Uyeno Transtech, Tsurumi Sunmarine and Asahi Tanker, leading names in the local coastal tanker industry.

“Together, they will contribute to solving the problem of a serious shortage of seafarers in the domestic shipping industry in Japan through this investment,” Groke stated in a release.

Using cameras and sensors installed onboard, Groke has developed a situational awareness system.

Japan’s big three shipping lines – K Line, MOL and NYK – are all developing their own AI-backed navigational systems at the moment.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
Back to top button