Software will now tell Wallenius Wilhelmsen masters how to set engine power and plot voyage routes on their vessels, as artificial intelligence (AI) takes charge of a major global shipowner’s fleet.

The ongoing fleetwide roll-out is meant to help achieve the company’s targeted 27.5% reduction in emissions by 2030, with half to come from existing vessels.

Many owners and third-party providers are at work on vessel optimisation projects but Wallenius Wilhelmsen officials who developed the project together with Greece’s DeepSea Technologies say this step is a first for a global owner.