Tech start-ups compete for Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s backing

Through its partnership with Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator, Wallenius Wilhelmsen is supporting the development of innovative technology that could improve crew safety and reduce the risk of onboard fire.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen is offering start-ups the chance to develop technology that will make ocean transportation even safer in the future.

As part of the Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator programme, the shipping and logistics company is assessing a range of technological innovations that could deliver huge benefits to both crew and cargo owners.

Innovations include technology that detects real-time small increases in thermal levels of transported vehicles. These thermal increases can potentially result in a fire, so early detection is key to saving lives and reducing risk of cargo damage.

The Lloyd’s Register Safety Accelerator programme develops new technology that improves safety in a number of industries, including marine, energy and food. Technological advancements such as sensors, computer vision and AI can radically improve detection of risks to safety – whether they arise from operational issues or human error.

The accelerator is a joint initiative between Lloyd's Register Foundation, a charitable foundation, and Lloyd's Register, one of the world's leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology. It is run in partnership with Plug and Play Tech Centre, a global innovation platform and active venture capital fund in Silicon Valley.

Other competition categories in this year’s Safety Accelerator focus on the detection of gas leaks onboard LNG tankers, sponsored by Shell; and technologies for tracking and communicating accurate allergen data in restaurants, judged by Westbury Street Holdings, which owns brands Baxter and Benugo Story.

The three competition winners will be announced at the beginning of April, with trials of new technology due to begin in May.The successful start-ups will retain 100% of their intellectual property and will receive support from the three sponsors to help bring their solution to market.

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