An Israeli company has developed an AI system that detects ship fires early by interpreting abnormal images caught by cameras, and carrier MOL is about to equip them on several of its new build ro-ro vessels.
It’s hoped that the AI-driven system for early fire detection can help stem the tide of ship fires that have been destroying car carriers during recent times.
The system is understood to be able to detect a cloud of smoke before it reaches a conventional smoke detector, and operating 24/7 would provide earlier warnings and enable a faster response.
MOL have advised that the system will be installed on ten of their new build vessels due next year and if successful they would consider retrofitting the rest of it’s fleet.
MOL is one of the car carriers that have suffered the total loss of a vessel due to fire. The Felicity Ace was carrying electric vehicles (EVs) with lithium batteries and sank in the mid-Atlantic.
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