Using artificial intelligence, Stena Line will reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions from the ferry Stena Nordica, which operates on the Gdynia-Karlskrona line. It is the eighth ship in Stena Line’s fleet to be equipped with the Stena Fuel Pilot artificial intelligence module, which supports captains in energy-efficient ship operations.
The Stena Fuel Pilot artificial intelligence (AI) module was developed in close collaboration between Stena Line’s technical department and the captains on board the ships. The tool seamlessly combines artificial intelligence with maritime knowledge and takes into account many variables such as currents, weather conditions, water levels, ship speed in the water, waves, currents, wind, depth, ship specifications and sailing schedules. The result is support for skippers in planning a voyage and guiding the vessel in a safe yet energy efficient way to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
We are working to reduce fuel consumption and emissions on our current vessels, while also focusing on alternative fuels, tomorrow’s technologies and fleet modernisation. The use of the Stena Fuel Pilot module is a perfect example of how we are combining modern artificial intelligence technology with the great nautical competence that our navigation officers possess. The aim is to reduce our environmental impact,” says Erik Lewenhaupt, Stena Line’s sustainability director.
In August, Stena Nordica, a car-passenger ferry operating daily between Gdynia and Karlskrona in Sweden, became the eighth ship in Stena Line’s fleet to be equipped with the Stena Fuel Pilot module. Previously, Stena Line ships operating between Rostock in Germany and Trelleborg in Sweden and the Stena Flavia ferry connecting Ventspils in Latvia and Nynäshamn in Sweden, among others, were equipped with this artificial intelligence module.
Stena Line’s ambitious environmental targets
In 2020, ferry operator Stena Line adopted new ambitious environmental targets that, among other things, call for a 30% reduction in total CO2 emissions by 2030. By 2050, Stena Line will abandon the use of non-renewable energy sources altogether. In addition to using new technologies such as artificial intelligence on board ships, the company will introduce new energy-efficient ships into operations and invest in the electrification of shipping and in alternative fuels such as methanol and hydrogen.