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rise-x.io, DNV GL, NUS embark on project to predict illegal bunker activity

12 Feb 2020

Technology company rise-x.io on Wednesday (12 February) announced it is collaborating with DNV GL and the National University Singapore (NUS) Department of Statistics and Applied Probability on a data science project to help tackle illegal bunker activity.

Global hydrocarbon theft and fraud is estimated to be more than USD 133 billion per year. Illegal bunkering is estimated to cost companies and governments as much as USD 3 billion per year and given the challenges involved in measuring losses it is likely that the true number is even higher, they stated in a joint release

NUS students majoring in Data Science and Analytics will be tasked to create computer models analysing 10 billion lines of automatic identification system (AIS) data to determine whether illegal fuel bunkering can be detected using vessel pattern analysis.

“The market driving illegal bunkering activities and bunker theft costs the industry billions every year. The quicker we can build solutions to address that issue, the quicker the industry can become cheaper and more sustainable,” said rise-x.io CEO Rowan Fenn.

“These algorithms will provide users of the platform with unique insights into vessel performance and management that builds trust for vessel owners and operators. We believe that being good; is good for business,” said rise-x.io CTO David Barker.

“After partnering with rise-x.io to make the QuayChain platform a reality with the help of our Veracity ecosystem, we are very excited about the next stage of this important initiative to revamp the marine fuels market,” said DNV GL project technical lead Nic Sabin.

“Data science is starting to gain momentum in the maritime industry, but is still relatively nascent compared to other sectors. 

“We therefore see this excellent initiative, driving efficiency improvements while helping to prevent illegal behavior or honest disputes, as a key driver to improve trust and transparency in the industry.” 

Fenn said beyond the potential direct integration into QuayChain, the algorithms will be enhanced to deliver alternative outcomes. 

“The value of this project is how flexible the algorithms can be. For example, modifications will allow us to predict metrics such as fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without installing IoT devices on the vessel’s machinery,” added Fenn.

Providing this information not only gives vessel owners more insights into their vessels’ operational performance, but also open doors for the delivery of carbon neutral voyages, he concluded. 

“This project provides a great opportunity for NUS students to apply their data science and analytics skills to solve a real-world problem,” said NUS Department of Statistics and Applied Probability Deputy Head (Academic) Associate Professor Tiong Wee Lim.

“A total of 34 students will be involved in this project, and I am sure they will benefit significantly from their participation under the mentorship of industry experts.”

Photo credit: rise-x.io
Published: 12 February, 2020

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