After almost a week of painstaking efforts the 400-meter long cargo ship, Ever Given is now freed from the Suez Canal clearing the way for dozens of ships carrying cargo worth billions. These ships were either stuck in traffic or planning to reroute resulting in huge delays and significant loss to the global economy.

Preventing maritime challenges like Suez canal crisis
Preventing Maritime Crisis with Applications by Upteko.

Even though the whole world has taken a breath of relief, the 6 days long blockage of the massive Ever Given has left a very significant disruption in the international trade and global supply chain which can last longer than it is expected even after the incident is over now.

It's worth mentioning that Suez Canal connecting Mediterranean to the Red Sea is one of the busiest channels of world’s shipments, allowing 12% of the global trade take the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe. The blockage of the massive vessel has already caused huge loss of an estimated total of $54 billion to the global economy and is expected to continue its impact over several weeks from now. Data and analytics experts have estimated that while Europe will be major region to feel the strongest impact due to this incident, Asia on the other hand will be impacted by long delays in shipments from Europe.

Industries that will be impacted the most are Grocery, Hardware, Automobile, Pharmaceutical, Semiconductors, Warehousing and Storage, Trucking and Sports Goods. To specifically mention the countries, UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Austria would be impacted due to the crisis.

Preventing challenges like Suez Canal Crisis with Applications by Upteko.

While the damage is already done, it’s time to prevent such incidents to happen in the future. With a better view of the position of the ship probably an aerial view could have prevented the ship to get stuck in the first place. Technological advancements have enabled UAS to provide assistance to massive ships to navigate through such narrow channels without any hassles. Upteko has developed a multi-purpose end-to-end automated drone system that enables the captain and other crew members to have a clear aerial view of any part of the ship which will help them to navigate the ship smoothly in such narrow and critical situations just with the push of a button.

Precise distance measurement helps smooth navigation through narrow and critical situations.

Machine learning integrated with the system helps to measure the precise distance between the ship and other objects and avoid collisions.

Docking application by Upteko
Docking application by Upteko assisting precise navigation by measuring the distance from other objects.

A high definition camera installed into the drone takes continuous footage of the ship, when required, which is then processed through the Semantic Segmentation Network integrated into the system. Semantic Segmentation Network helps to segment and identify different solid objects around the ship. A very precise distance of these objects is then measured by Ground Sampling Distance(GSD) technique which is then feed in real-time to the Captain, crew member of the ship, and others involved in the navigation process.

Refer to the Q&A session on Semantic Segmentation Network here and Ground Sampling Distance(GSD) here for more info.

Semantic Segmentation Network feed.
Semantic Segmentation and GSD measuring the precise distance of the ship from other solid objects.

The Docking Application

The Docking application by Upteko is primarily designed to provide assistance for sophisticated docking but the opportunities of Upteko’s applications are endless. The Docking application gives an option to the captain and the crew to choose the view of the ship they want helping them to pan through the docking process precisely without any collisions. However, the docking application can also be used in many other scenarios such as navigating through narrow passages like the Suez Canal.

Docking Application
Docking Application with option to choose the view of the ship.

High-definition thermographic cameras along with infrared sensors make this entire system work not only during daytime but also in very low lighting conditions at night-time.

Night time footage
Night-time footage being taken by the drone in very low lighting conditions with a thermographic camera and infrared sensor.

An automated drone system of this level will not only assist the maritime sector in day-to-day operation but also will protect and prevent unforeseen challenges like the Suez Canal Crisis and help save millions of dollars and time for the global economy.

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