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Just-In-Time Bunkering

Enhancing Efficiency and Sustainability with Artificial Intelligence


Business Category
Maritime Sector
Technical Category

What is the challenge that is being addressed?

The Just-In-Time Bunkering (JIT Bunkering) use case addresses a pressing challenge in the maritime industry: the extended waiting times and higher greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at ports due to inefficient bunkering operations.

Bunkering, the activity of supplying fuel to a ship is a vital, complex, and frequent operation in ports. Today, the common practice of prioritizing ships based on their order of arrival (also referred as to the ‘first come, first served’ rule) exacerbates congestion and contributes to increased greenhouse gas emissions at the port level. This practice leads to inefficiencies and delays as ships must wait their turn, burning fuel, regardless of their immediate operational needs.

What is the AI solution the project plans to implement?

JIT Bunkering optimizes ship arrival times at ports using AI, reducing delays and emissions, and improving port efficiency and environmental sustainability. This benefits port authorities, bunker barge companies, and shipowners by providing real-time data for informed decisions, creating significant socio-economic advantages for ports and the maritime industry.

Navozyme acknowledges the invaluable support received from in the successful execution of this project.

Image of a bunkering operation.