Reuters writes that these are the findings of autonomous shipping startup Orca AI and the technology could help with reducing maneuvers, as well as deviations caused by navigation obstacles, such as storms or other vessels.

Shipping currently accounts for 3% of the world's total share of greenhouse gas emissions and the share could increase in the coming years, unless the industry implements carbon-reduction strategies.

Experts at the International Maritime Organization want to reduce emissions from the sector by 20% by the next decade.

Orca AI CEO Yarden Gross said that "in the short term, it can lead to fewer crew members on the bridge, while those who are on the bridge will have a reduced workload and more attention to tackle complex navigational tasks, optimizing the voyage and reducing fuel and emissions."

In the long term, however, it can open the door to fully autonomous shipping, increasing efficiency and lowering emissions, while potentially contributing to a safer navigation system worldwide.

Currently, there are around 2.976 shipping-related accidents every year around the world, as per Orca AI and optimizing the routes to reduce deviations could bring cost savings per ship of 100.000 USD from fuel alone. Also, it would save ships a total of 38.2 million nautical miles traveled, reducing accidents by 33%.