Status: Need is Closed

Automatic Identification and Tracking of Vehicles and Cargo with Increased Fire Risk on board our Vessels

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Aug 7, 2018

We are seeking novel approaches to identify vehicles and cargo containers with increased fire risk as they board vessels such as ferries and roll-on/roll -off (RoRo) cargo ships. We would also like to track where on the vessel these vehicles/containers are parked.




The companies comprising the Swedish-based Stena Sphere represent one of the largest private shipping groups in the world.


The majority of fires that break out onboard vessels start in the cargo. Further on, it has been identified that certain cargo units have a higher fire risk. These units are defined as High Risk Cargo (HRC). Typical HRC units are refrigerated trailers, electrical cars, gas cars, mobile homes, etc.


Today HRC is identified either manually or by existing booking systems. However, there is no means of tracking the final position of the cargo when parked onboard in the cargo space. The company is seeking a reliable and cost effective way to automatically identify and track these HRC units.


We are looking to partner with companies that have a solution or a potential solution that is near to market and is therefore looking for partnerships via a commercial agreement with technical assistance or a technical cooperation agreement.


We would be willing to consider technology from other end-application sectors that is capable of addressing the problem set out here. We are flexible in the approach to required development. Some budget may be made available for development and this could include being actively involved in the development of a solution, technical overview of the end application and provision of testing facilities.


Key success Criteria
  1. Technical Viability-- Solutions proposed must be based on sound scientific principles and have laboratory or pilots scale data that demonstrate efficacy
  2. Scale up Potential— Solutions proposed must have a clear pathway to be applied on commercial ships. Solutions already practiced in marine markets have higher value. The ideal partner would be able to lead the design and installation of full-scale systems.
  3. Costs— solutions would need to be reasonably cost effective to install and operate. Moreover, solutions should not require additional staffing or increase port turnaround
  4. Ownership— Solutions covered by patents have higher value. At a minimum, proposed solutions must not be prohibited by other patents in the field.


Possible Approaches

We have investigated a number potential approaches to address elements of automatic identification and tracking of vehicles and cargo with increased fire risk. We are now seeking an integrated approach to vehicle identification and tracking.


These approaches include:

  • Using video recognition software to track units (analogous to facial recognition software that is nearly ubiquitous in Social Media applications)
  • Remotely reading Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) to determine vehicle types (e.g. gas vs electric cars)
  • Using low cost tracking chips (RFID) or similar means to track cargo units
  • Use and integrate cargo owners database systems


In the ideal case, we would like to integrate this system with the existing booking system and vehicle loading plan system onboard. We would need to be able to track the cargo units even when their registration number and VIN is not readily visible.


Approaches not of Interest

Solutions will not be considered if, in our opinion:

  • Installation and maintenance costs are prohibitive for broad application
  • Proposals lack sufficient supporting laboratory or pilot scale data
  • Solutions don't adhere to global maritime regulations


Due Date
Jul 31, 2018
Items to be submitted

We are looking for concise, non-confidential proposals. The proposal should describe the technical approach and should ideally include information on the technological readiness of the proposal, any proof of concept data, reference to any peer reviewed publications, and potential route to commercialization.


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Alan Gordon
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Oliver Worsfold
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