The environmental certification programme Green Marine has reported that four of its members have received funding from the Quebec government for their intelligent marine transportation projects that will support the development of the St. Lawrence Smart Corridor and help to reduce ships’ fuel consumption.
Green Marine said that this included $2.7 million allocated to the CSL Group for its project to develop a ship voyage optimisation model. By using AI to estimate the arrival time and fuel consumption of ships, said Green Marine, the CSL Group believes it can help to further reduce maritime transportation’s environmental footprint in Quebec. Quebec has also granted $478,220 to the Laurentian Pilotage Authority for Phase 3 of its optimized pilotage services project, which will enable the uninterrupted passage of vessels sailing between Montreal and les Escoumins on the St. Lawrence River’s North Shore, and thereby result in ships consuming less fuel.
Safer And Competitive
In addition, Green Marine said that the Société Terminaux Montréal Gateway’s Mercure project, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to replace manual planning of container movements and ensure traceability, is receiving $4.8 million in financial assistance from the Quebec government; and the Société de développement économique du Saint-Laurent (SODES) has been awarded a $750,000 grant to conduct an opportunity study for the deployment of collaborative technologies that will make river transportation ‘both safer and more competitive’.
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