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Artificial intelligence technology unveiled

Tue 23 Jan 2018 by Martyn Wingrove

Artificial intelligence technology unveiled
Frank Coles: “Without a change in attitude technology investments are wasted”

Transas will introduce its new artificial intelligence (AI) technology and solutions in the THESIS portfolio to shipowners, managers and operators in March. It has developed an AI-powered cloud solution which Transas chief executive Frank Coles promises will deliver a step change for vessel operational efficiency.

He expects AI solutions in the new A-Suite and other services in THESIS will deliver benefits to shipowners and improve the relationship between humans and machines. He wants maritime industries to be open to new technology and adopt these services to reap the benefits of digitalisation.

“New technology is fundamentally altering the relationship between man and machine,” said Mr Coles. “The maritime industry needs to be open to fresh ideas, understand the benefits of the digital solutions available, and be prepared to learn from outside its own experience how to maximise the benefits of technology investments.”

He said a change in attitude by shipping companies is needed before digitalisation benefits can be achieved. “Without a change in attitude technology investments are wasted, and we are simply papering over the cracks.”

Mr Coles added “We need action in the operational business model, action in the delivery of technology tools; and a commitment to the relationship between the human and the machines.”

He will be giving the keynote speech at the Transas Global Conference 2018, which is scheduled to be held in Vancouver, Canada, between 6 and 8 March.

Over the course of three days, speakers will consider how the digital business models that have transformed global industries can be harnessed within maritime to build competitive advantage, increase revenue and ensure safety at sea.

Other speakers will include Columbia Marlow president Mark O’Neil, Hapag Lloyd senior director and head of fleet support Joern Springer, Carnival Corp senior vice president David Christie and Anglo-Eastern Univan group managing director Pradeep Chawla.

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