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Fujitsu and MPA in Singapore Straits marine traffic risk analysis study

03 Apr 2019

Tokyo-based information technology equipment and services firm Fujitsu Limited on Tuesday (2 April) announced the results of a field trial conducted with the assistance of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in analysing marine traffic risks in the Singapore Strait.

Fujitsu conducted its research and testing with the assistance of about 10 MPA officers from the Vessel Traffic Management Department and Port Systems Division over 24 months.

Details of the testing and its results are as follows:

1. Testing Details

Drawing on past traffic data for the Singapore Strait provided by MPA, Fujitsu leveraged its collision risk prediction technology to extract information such as examples of collisions or near misses involving multiple vessels, as well as examples of developing dynamic risk hotspots. The prediction technology was benchmarked to human operators.

2. Evaluation

Fujitsu’s risk detection technology demonstrated the possibility of quantifying risk in more detail in advance of the detection by human operators. For example, based on benchmarking studies, the detection technology was able to flag potential risks approximately 10 minutes before the near-miss, and in doing so, would theoretically provide approximately 5 minutes lead time for human operators to execute the necessary follow on action, e.g. through the provision of advice to the vessel(s). Fujitsu’s technology was also able to pick out scenarios where the collision risk could be overlooked and raise the alert to a possible collision incident. Separately, the dynamic risk hotspot detection technology could detect risks up to 15 minutes in advance, enabling staff to take specific measures to avoid an incident.

“Fujitsu has demonstrated the usefulness of a novel ship collision risk prediction technology that leverages the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in predicting near misses between vessels,” it says.

“Using AI technology ‘Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai’ developed by Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd, this solution can detect ship collision risks and predict areas where collision risks are concentrated as dynamic risk hotspots.

“This technology has the potential to be deployed in a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) system to assist maritime traffic controllers to manage marine traffic proactively with the aim of improving the safety of navigation.”

Based on the results of the development, Fujitsu says it will continue working with Singapore to improve the technology, and deliver a solution supporting safe navigation for maritime traffic control and for ship operators by 2020.

Photo credit: Fujitsu Limited
Published: 3 April, 2019

 

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