Route and Operating Optimization of Maritime Vessels Using Machine Learning Techniques

Forschungsberichte aus dem Institut für Kolbenmaschinen, Bd. 2/2024

Mohammad Hossein Moradi

ISBN 978-3-8325-5772-0
132 pages, year of publication: 2024
price: 58.50 €
Route and Operating Optimization of Maritime Vessels Using Machine Learning Techniques
The shipping industry handles over 90% of the global trade volume and is responsible for approximately 3% of global CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, trade by the shipping industry is expected to increase by up to 130% by 2050 compared to 2008. At the same time, the goal is to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from the shipping industry to half of the 2008 level by 2050. In support of this goal, this thesis is concerned with a comprehensive approach for optimizing the ship's operation, i.e., an optimization approach that simultaneously involves route selection, energy management, propeller pitch, and engine control. In addition, this thesis also analyses the application of wind propulsion systems. The optimization of the ship's operation is implemented in the form of Reinforcement Learning (RL) methods. The use of RL-based methods to simultaneously optimize various aspects of the ship's trajectory and controls is a novel approach compared to the current state-of-art and embodies this thesis' inherent innovation. The results specifically highlight the importance of parallelizing route optimization with the optimization of other control aspects. Ultimately, it is found that the solution emanating from a purely RL-based approach can be further enhanced when the optimized route, speed, and power profiles are used to perform individual DP-based optimizations on the energy management in a post-processing step.

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  • Artificial intelligence
  • Control systems
  • Model-free optimization
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Combustion engines


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