NYK trials Israeli ship recognition tech

Japanese shipping major Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) is trialling a prototype of the Automatic Ship Target Recognition System developed in Israel by Orca AI, the latest development in Japan’s autonomous shipping drive.

The Israeli system can automatically recognise dangerous targets and other vessels that may be overlooked by the human eye, especially at night, in stormy conditions or in congested waters.

Orca AI uses a camera unit that can shoot day and night to automatically recognise ships and targets and measure the distance to them. Information obtained from navigational equipment, including vessel names, distance, and time when the ship is closest to the target, can be superimposed and displayed in an integrated manner to a tablet or touch-panel monitor display.

The system can independently recognise small fishing boats and small markers that are not captured by radar and not equipped with AIS.

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.
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