Collaboration is key to the best use of vessel operating data, according to a US firm connecting systems and using machine learning to predict outcomes or improve fuel efficiency.

Partnerships are evolving not just between technology and shipping companies but also between data firms, even sharing code, to help vessel operators, according to OrbitMI.

OrbitMI was spun off from Stena Bulk in 2019 after developing artificial intelligence fleet-performance software for the tanker owner and has, like ioCurrents, linked with Kongsberg’s Kognifai digital marketplace.