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Orca AI, Petredec and North P&I team up on data model to reduce marine insurance costs

Orca AI, Petredec and North P&I Club have announced a partnership to revolutionise marine insurance pricing and claims through an enhanced data model for ships that more accurately reflects their risk profile.

The insight is based on Orca’s AI navigation and collision avoidance system which has been installed on Petredec vessels: Earth Summit, Silvio, and Dancing Brave, providing improved visibility in difficult conditions, preventing human error, and helping crews make informed decisions.

The platform provides insights into a ship’s pattern of behavior and risk profile which allows the crew to improve their handling of potential future incidents as well as share this data with insurers allowing more accurate assessment of vessel risk profiles.

Neil Giles, fleet technical manager at Petredec Holdings said: “The installation of the system was simple, straight forward and appears easy to use. We foresee a significant potential of this system when it comes to improving real time navigational awareness and more importantly, learning from the difficult navigational situations that occur day to day. Our hope is to further increase our safety record by improving on our crews navigational skill set and reduce our operational risk profile in the process.”

This insight will aid maritime safety, which is facing a myriad of challenges, exacerbated by the challenges surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 4,000 maritime accidents occur annually and are caused by low situational awareness in congested areas, lack of office visibility regarding misses and risk patterns and insufficient data available for handling potential incidents.

Orca AI’s system supports ships in difficult to navigate situations and tackles this rising rate of accidents by supplementing its existing onboard sensors with vision sensors and Thermal cameras, as well as AI-powered algorithms which constantly analyse the environment and alert crew to dangerous situations.

Colin Gillespie, director of loss prevention, North P&I Club commented: “We’re excited to be part of this transformational project and are supportive of any initiative that improves the risk profile of entered vessels within the Club’s membership and helps reduce the number of incidents on the water.”

Yarden Gross, CEO, and co-founder of Orca AI stated: “The challenges faced by the maritime industry are numerous and there is a continual need to make shipping safer, to sustain trade and protect the maritime environment. Insurance rates are steadily increasing, and they represent a major expense for shipping companies; it is difficult to accurately measure the risk profile of a fleet. For this reason, it is both a unique privilege and a big responsibility to work with two globally significant players. Both Petredec and North P&I understand that fundamental changes are inevitable in the maritime industry and they have chosen to support Orca AI in discovering what lies ahead and help form the future. We very much look forward to working together.”

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