Grahaeme Henderson, Shell’s vice president of shipping and maritime, last night unveiled a new initiative called HiLo that uses big data and predictive analytics to prevent accidents.
The announcement was made at the UK Chamber of Shipping’s annual dinner in London. As well as Shell, big names such as Maersk and Lloyd’s Register, have signed up to the HiLo project, an abbreviation for High Impact Low Frequency.
Henderson, who is also president of the UK Chamber, said HiLo, which takes ship data to identify possible safety faults, is already used successfully in other industries including rail, aviation and nuclear.
“Our shipping industry has an accident rate five times that of the average British worker… Simply put, that is unacceptable,” Henderson said while introducing the project.
The predictive, modelling system uses pre-cursor incident data to predict and prevent future major incidents.
“Never again will a child lose a father or mother [at sea]… The time for rhetoric is over. The time for action is now,” Henderson concluded.