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CMA CGM partners with Shone to bring AI on board ships

LBR Staff Writer Published 05 June 2018

CMA CGM, a French container transportation and shipping company, has collaborated with US-based startup Shone for embedding artificial intelligence (AI) on board ships.

Based in San Francisco, Shone is specialized in applying AI technology for maritime transportation.

The deal will allow Shone to access the CMA CGM Group vessels to finalize the development of AI-based systems on board container ships.

CMA CGM will help Shone to take onboard data collection systems, which will be studied at the startup’s headquarters in San Francisco.

Upon completion of the development, the innovation will facilitate the work of crews on board, providing decision support, maritime safety or piloting assistance.

Shone will integrate data from multiple sensors such as radar and camera to increase detection accuracy and prevent potential collisions.

The deal is in line with the group's strategy of innovation at the service of digital transformation implemented by CMA CGM Group chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saade.

Founded in 2017, Shone is working on the introduction of artificial intelligence, which is already present in cars, on board ships.

With a fleet of 504 vessels, CMA CGM is said to serve more than 420 of the world's 521 commercial ports.

In April 2018, CMA CGM Group started the Ocean Alliance Day Two Product, which strengthens the company’s service offering by providing even better services and upgrades to its customers.

The Ocean Alliance Day Two Product has a carrying capacity of around 3.1 million TEUs with 331 containerships deployed on 41 services.

CMA CGM said it will continue to play a crucial role within the alliance, deploying a fleet of 121 ships.

Image: The CMA CGM Marco Polo in Port Kelang. Photo: courtesy of CMA CGM.