HD Hyundai’s Avikus successfully completes the world’s first transoceanic voyage by a large merchant vessel powered by autonomous navigation technologies


Together with Saskatchewan ShippingAvikus, specializing in autonomous navigation, announced the June 2 that he had successfully completed the autonomous navigation of PRISM COURAGE”, a 180,000 square meter class ultra-large LNG carrier. The vessel is equipped with HiNAS 2.0, the level 2 autonomous navigation solution from Avikus. This transoceanic voyage is the world’s first instance of a ship using autonomous navigation technology.

The PRISM COURAGE started from Freeport on the south coast of Gulf of Mexico on 1st May, passed through the Panama Canal and finally arrived at Boryeong LNG Terminal in South Chungcheong Province in Korea after 33 days. The vessel covered half of about 20,000 kilometers in total distance with HiNAS 2.0 autonomous navigation technology.

Avikus’ HiNAS 2.0 is the navigation system that creates optimal routes and speeds based on Hyundai Global Service’s integrated Smartship (ISS) solution. Its artificial intelligence recognizes the surrounding environment, such as weather and wave height, and nearby vessels, then controls the vessel’s steering commands in real time. Level 2 Autonomous Navigation Technology can control and operate the vessel in addition to reconnaissance and judgment functions (Level 1 Autonomous Navigation Technology).

In this ocean crossing, the PRISM COURAGE equipped with HiNAS 2.0 was operated autonomously on the optimal routes, increasing fuel efficiency by around 7% while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 5%. Besides, the system accurately recognized nearby ship locations during operation to avoid collision more than 100 times.

This voyage was conducted under the real-time monitoring of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the Korea Register of Shipping (KR) to verify the performance and stability of the technology. Avikus plans to bring HiNAS 2.0 to market later this year after receiving certification from ABS for the results of this self-propelled ocean crossing.

Autonomous navigation technology is attracting attention as an innovative technology for future maritime mobility, as it can solve labor shortages in the shipping industry, reduce pollutants and improve safety by completely eliminating the possibility of human error.

According to Acute Market Reports, a global market research firm, the market for autonomous navigation vessels and related equipment is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 12.6%, reaching $235.7 billion in 2028.

Captain Young-hoon Koh of PRISM COURAGE said: “Avikus’ autonomous navigation technology was very useful in this ocean crossing test, especially in maintaining navigation routes, changing direction autonomously and avoiding nearby ships, all of which increased the working comfort of the crews. .”

Avikus CEO Do-hyeong Lim said, “It is significant that we have successfully tested the Tier 2 system to operate a vessel beyond Tier 1 technology providing optimal routes. He added, “We will be leading the innovation in upgrading autonomous navigation solutions not only for large merchant ships but also for small pleasure craft.”

Avikus was launched in December 2020 as the first in-house company of Hyundai Heavy Industries Group. It successfully conducted the first fully autonomous operation of a 12-seat cruise ship in Korea. In January this year, it showcased autonomous navigation technology at CES 2022, the world’s largest electronics and computing trade show, and is now redoubling its efforts to advance autonomous navigation technology ahead of others. , for example cooperating with ABS for step by step. basic certification of autonomous ship navigation technology.

SOURCE Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHI)


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