By HiLo Maritime Risk Management | August 20th, 2023
Mission Of Maritime 2050 – HiLo has created new technologies which have provided a step-change in maritime safety.HiLo is using the latest artificial intelligence and data analytics in the shipping industry to make shipping companies more proactive and stop potential emergencies. By doing this, HiLo is bringing Maritime 2050’s goal of a safer and accident-free maritime sector into fruition. With shipping companies being more proactive, HiLo is also supporting Maritime 2050’s goal of protecting the marine ecosystem and environment.
Achieving Maritime 2050’s goal of a safer and accident-free maritime sector involves tackling avoidable accidents way ahead of time. HiLo’s new maritime technology is at the forefront of making this happen.
HiLo’s digital technology uses big data analytics to identify areas of high risk aboard vessels and offer solutions to stop avoidable accidents in future.
Maritime 2050 points out that if the modern maritime sector is to be digital by default, then it needs digital technology which can be accessible to all. It needs to be easy-to-use and secure. HiLo collects different types of data, standardises it, analyses it, and turns it into a decision support system which is easy-to-use and provides the right information to save lives. It does this all anonymously too.
But HiLo is taking it one step further. Shipping companies know not only their risks, they know exactly how to stop them now. It’s not just about having safety alerts and deep dives to understand potential issues anymore, HiLo is able to give shipping companies the information needed to be proactive and eliminate their problems. The HiLo fleet has already experienced a 5% reduction in spills, an 8% reduction in injuries and an overall incident reduction of 12% while using these tools.
For progress to really be made for Maritime 2050’s goal towards better safety regulations across the maritime sector, the shipping community needs to share as much data as possible.
Sharing data allows different shipping companies to really learn and use each other’s experiences as a way to manage safety aboard vessels better. There is no other effective way to really know the key drivers of risks and then know how to make the right decisions to avoid future catastrophe.
Having knowledge of certain trends means that shipping companies can be prepared for future issues. Safety performance in general can then be enhanced across the board. HiLo’s Informal Bulker Operators’ Forum (IBOSF) for example, allows bulk carrier companies to share best practices to improve safety for that community based on the analysis of issues HiLo gathers from the whole fleet.
Maritime 2050 has raised concern over the rise of technology resulting in the neglect of the human element when it comes to maritime safety. In most accidents, the final mistake is human, and traditionally lead to the cause being labelled ‘human error’. However, our analysis proved in many cases the major issue was technical issues with the vessel, equipment or the on-board environment. Fix these problems and you instantly improve human reliability.
HiLo recognises this and uses new technology to improve safety. HiLo’s Human Reliability Model ensures that seafarers remain safe through assessing the impact of human reliability on maritime risk and providing the information needed to stop disasters. We can identify the factors which make people more or less likely to make mistakes, and control those instead.
Participating companies regularly share different types of human reliability data with HiLo, including how long crew members are working, work/rest hours and training levels. This data is then analysed by HiLo’s team of experts, showing shipping companies where to make process and environmental changes to reduce the likelihood of human error.
Maritime 2050 stresses that the maritime sector must offer a supportive working environment which focuses on the emotional welfare of its seafarers. HiLo is collaborating with Safetytech Accelerator (a non-profit technology accelerator), Audeering (an innovator in voice AI) and TORM (a leading shipping company) to create a project that can make that happen. By using the latest artificial intelligence, HiLo can provide shipping companies with the best information about risks to their crews’ mental health as early as possible.
The use of big data analytics and new technologies can help shipping companies identify exactly what lowers or improves mental wellbeing in the maritime environment. We can show shipping companies how to protect their crew wellbeing, as well as encourage higher productivity within the sector.
HiLo’s ability to prevent catastrophe contributes greatly to Maritime 2050’s goal of protecting the marine ecosystem and environment.
Preventing collisions and oil spills and explosions stops dangerous things from being introduced into the ecosystem. This stops further harm being done to the environment and so can only have a positive effect on the changing patterns of trade due to climatic change, as addressed in Maritime 2050.
Injuries, deaths and other major incidents can mean ships stay in port much longer than planned. When that happens, power plants have to keep operating so that cooling units keep running and ships are prepared to leave port. Fewer incidents mean there is less idling time and fewer gas emissions being emitted.
HiLo has embraced new technologies which continue to support the ongoing visions of Maritime 2050.
The power of sharing data with HiLo has helped keep countless seafarers alive, as well as contributed to reducing significant harm to the environment.
Together we can keep the maritime industry safe. Not only this, but we can solidify the UK as the global leader in maritime safety and technology worldwide. The journey towards a safer and more rewarding maritime sector starts today.