How can AI-powered security cameras change the working and operational environment on vessels? 

by | Apr 22, 2024

April, 2024

Our co-founder, Philip Uhrskov Nielsen, shares exclusive insights on “Captain’s Eye – SECURITY CAMERAS WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ON SHIPS”, featured in Sunday’s, issue of Proto Thema -Business Stories Greek newspaper (07/04/24). As Philip emphasizes, “Technology will not replace seafarers, but it will give them new tools to better address their many and continually increasing responsibilities. However, success will depend on how willing seafarers and the shipping industry are to embrace and adopt a positive attitude towards advanced technology to offer real value to market needs and not just a ‘tick in the box.”
   Nowadays, there has been an increasing adoption of closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance systems with installed cameras on ships. These cameras record activities in critical areas of the ship, while an artificial intelligence (AI) system identifies events that require the crew’s attention.
  This AI employs machine learning algorithms, continuously trained on various scenarios, transforming standard cameras into “smart” cameras that provide enhanced monitoring capabilities. The shift to such technology by shipowners is primarily aimed at enhancing safety, allowing ships to navigate more securely.
  The surveillance systems on ships are not only about monitoring but also about aiding the seafares in a secluded and hazardous environment, ensuring they feel safer. Technology isn’t intended to replace the crew but to equip them with tools to better respond to their increasing and complex responsibilities. However, the effectiveness of this technology depends on the maritime sector’s receptiveness to adopting it, ensuring it adds real value.
   Philip Nilsen, highlights two primary concerns regarding the use of CCTV on ships: crew acceptance and the operational challenge of monitoring vast amounts of footage, which could potentially lead to an additional workload rather than facilitating operations. However, modern technological solutions, such as Captain’s Eye, simplify the installation process and are compatible with basic cameras, capable of real-time analysis through AI. This system can detect even minimal signs of smoke or leaks early on, significantly aiding in swift and effective responses to incidents.
   These advancements not only help in immediate hazard identification and prevention but also enhance communication between the ship and maritime offices, providing a clearer and quicker understanding of situations through video evidence rather than just verbal reports.
   In conclusion, according to the article, while the technology aims to support the crew and ensure safety, it is crucial for both seafarers and captains to understand that this does not imply a lack of trust from the companies but rather an effort to support them in fulfilling their duties more effectively. The balance of notifications between ship and shore, and the cooperation between land and sea operations, are essential in ensuring that technology assists maritime operations.
Special thanks to Minas Tsamopoulos for the dedication and expertise to create this insightful article!