Resolute joins Maritime transportation sustainability consortium
January 22, 2020 By Resolute Forest Products
Resolute has joined the OCIANA Consortium, a cross-industry team representing world-class companies working to develop safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible maritime transportation solutions. The consortium will also focus on commercializing OCIANA vessel management system based on artificial intelligence. This initiative will allow us to explore ways of lowering greenhouse gas emissions in our supply chain.
The OCIANA system will support a path to safer, cleaner vessel operations as well as enhanced maritime risk assessment and management. It works by rapidly processing satellite data with other data sets harvested from ocean, weather and port activity to provide decision-making information in near real-time. Its implementation is expected to lower fuel costs and associated greenhouse gas emissions, improve port and terminal utilization, and improve efficiency in the maritime sector. This technology could play a significant role in the international maritime industry’s commitment to halve its emissions by 2050. Resolute will contribute to the initiative by providing input from our environment and global logistics teams. Participating in this initiative reinforces our commitment to reducing the company’s carbon footprint at all levels of our supply chain.
“Reinforcing our environmental credentials by taking appropriate steps to responsibly manage climate change is a primary area of focus of Resolute’s sustainability strategy. We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and are proud to be a part of the OCIANA Consortium,” said Pascale Lagacé, vice president, Environment, Energy and Innovation.
Global Spatial Technology Solutions (GSTS), an artificial intelligence company focused on the maritime domain, designed the OCIANA system. On January 15, 2020, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) awarded GSTS a contract valued at C$2.94 million to further develop the system. The funding is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to support the development of clean technologies that cut pollution, build healthier communities and create well-paying jobs.
Alongside Resolute, the OCIANA Consortium includes Canada Steamship Lines, National Research Council and the Port of Montreal.
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