Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) announced that it successfully applied its smart ship management system. Using artificial intelligence, big data, and internet of things (IoT), the shipbuilder installed its Hyundai Intelligent Navigation Assistant System (HiNAS) to a bulk carrier ship.
Hyundai Heavy outfitted a 25-tom bulk carrier owned by South Korean shipper SK Shipping Co. The smart system efficiently manages fuel consumption of ships equipped with its trademark marine diesel engine, HiMSEN.
HHI commercialized HiMSEN in 2001, becoming one of the best-selling engines in the world. Hyundai Heavy and other shipbuilding companies in South Korea continuously strive for a competitive edge in the international market.
The company co-developed HiNAS with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). The novel system uses AI technology to determine and alert sailors of potential collisions with nearby ships. It analyzes surrounding carriers through cameras onboard and displays information to officers with augmented reality technology.
The system also uses infrared cameras to locate and measure speeds of obstacles, even in the dark or in a fog.
HiNAS allows people to work remotely from a control tower monitoring the operation of ships and engines in real-time.
In 2017, HHI received about 150 orders after developing an IoT platform called Integrated Smart Ship Solution (ISS). The system provides data to manage energy consumption and the most efficient routes to save the cost of fuel.
Hyundai Heavy also announced the development of its Hyundai Intelligence Berthing Assistance System (HiBAS). The system provides a full view of the ship when berthing or clearing.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted mandatory energy-efficiency measures to ensure that shipping is cleaner and greener. IMO regulations would increase the preference for total digital solutions that support efficient navigation systems.
Meanwhile, Samsung Heavy Industries used a 5G-based test ship to confirm autonomous sailing technology.