Orca AI Receives PDA for AI-Based Navigation Platform – Digital Ship

Orca AI’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered collision avoidance and navigation safety platform has received Product Design Assessment (PDA) certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

This is the first time that an AI-based navigation platform has received this certification.

This standard validates Orca AI’s solution, which automatically detects, prioritizes and alerts maritime targets to onboard crews in real time, providing enhanced situational awareness. The product is already used by companies such as Maran Tankers, TMS Gas, Enesel, Wartsila and NYK who rely on the system for added safety.

The system, designed solely for the maritime domain, consists of a software platform supported by computer vision sensors, thermal and low-light cameras and AI-powered algorithms, a big step towards increasing safety in maritime transport.

ABS PDA is an assessment of materials, components, products or systems for specific use in accordance with national or international ABS rules, guides and standards. Based on the PDA, final approval is given when an engineer or surveyor accepts the evaluated item for a specific user and installation.

Dor Raviv, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Orca AI, said, “This is a historic day for the shipping industry, as this certification will significantly increase situational awareness and ultimately , will improve the safety of maritime navigation across the oceans.

“We are proud to drive and direct progress and view this Smart Function certification by the American Bureau of Shipping as recognition of Orca AI’s ongoing efforts to transform the shipping industry through support and increasing crews through the use of data intelligence.”

Gareth Burton, ABS Vice President, Technology, said, “ABS PDA certification is a voluntary and efficient product approval solution suitable for qualified manufacturers targeting the promotion of their products in the marine and offshore market sectors. This product, which has been recognized in accordance with the principles outlined in the ABS Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units, will aid in the development and use of advanced technologies such as AI and data analytics to improve maritime operations.

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