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KR, HHI, Avikus to partner with LISCR for further commercialization of autonomous navigation system

Date: 06 Sep 2022 Author: Chief Editor

Korean Register of Shipping (KR) , together with Hyundai Heavy Industries, AVIKUS, and Liberian Registry (LISCR) at the headquarters of Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan announced signing an Agreement (MOU) for a Joint Development Project (JDP) on approval of the application of real ship loading and operation of autonomous navigation system.

🎯 This joint agreement between Shipyard (HHI), Autonomous Navigation Company (AVIKUS), Classifications Society (KR) and Flag Administration(LISCR) was prepared to advance the commercialization of autonomous navigation systems based on autonomous navigation ship technology to preoccupy the market. AVIKUS’ HiNAS 2.0 will be installed on KR Classed and Liberian Registry registered ships and will be applied in July of 2023.

HiNAS 2.0 is a system that uses Augmented Reality (AR) to guide navigation routes and perform collision avoidance by fusion of information provided by Artificial Intelligence (AI) from various navigation equipment and sensors. This system was developed with the aim to reduce operational fatigue of users such as captain and its crew, improve safe operation of ships and increasing fuel efficiency.

Through this agreement, each participant plans to carry out comprehensive collaboration so that the autonomous navigation system, including Risk Assessment and Concept Approval (AIP), which can be successfully applied to actual newbuilding ships based on their expertise and technology.

🎤 Won Ho Ju, Senior Executive Vice President of HHI said that “HHI is concentrating on R&D for autonomous navigation, and the relevant technologies have already been commercialized to gain a competitive edge in the global market. Through this JDP and continuous technological advancement, we will preoccupy the autonomous ship market.”

🎤 Do Hyeong Lim, CEO of AVIKUS said, “This Joint Development Project is meaningful in that it includes Shipyards, Autonomous Navigation Specialists, Classifications Society as well as Flag Administration to commercialize autonomous navigation solutions. By this JDP, we will contribute to dramatically improving the safety and economy of ships”

🎤 Kyu Jin Yeon, Head of Drawing Approval Office of KR said, “This JDP will be an important bridgehead in the future as autonomous navigation technology is gradually advancing from smart ships to autonomous ships and then to unmanned ships. KR will not spare efforts to provide technical support so that it can be applied.”

🎤 Thomas Klenum, Executive Vice President of Liberian Registry said, “This JDP for Autonomous Navigation System is a very important project for the maritime industry including to provide valuable input for developing IMO’s rules and regulations. We will do our best to create synergy with all participants, including one of the world’s absolute best shipyards.”

📃📷 Source: Avikus