Hyundai Heavy Industries uses AI to create ‘smart’ vessels

A South Korean Navy vessel pulls a smaller North Korean fishing boat with six crewmembers in waters off the east coast June 11. The boat, whose engine had broken down was towed towards the North Korean waters above the Northern Limit Line. Courtesy of the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

SEOUL, Jan 13, 2020, The Korea Herald. Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea’s leading shipbuilder, said Monday that it had developed an optimal vessel operation system by equipping its generator-engine model with advanced information and communication technologies, The Korea Herald reported.

According to HHI, it utilized artificial intelligence and its own Hyundai Intelligent Equipment Management Solution to enhance its independent Hi-Touch Marine and Stationery Engine and cut fuel expenses by over 10 percent.

HiEMS and AI collect and analyze the big data and real-time information of a vessel’s engine, and make adjustments to optimize fuel efficiency, the company said.

Since it developed its HiEMS in 2018, the shipbuilder has obtained deals for 45 vessels (170 engines) and transferred 40 engines for 10 of the vessels.

“Following the digital age, we will continue to utilize high technologies for advancement of ‘smart’ vessels to maintain predominance, against Chinese and Japanese shipbuilders,” an HHI official said.

Last year the American Bureau of Shipping certified HHI’s Integrated Smart Ship Solution, which analyzes vessels’ real-time operation data and suggests optimal paths. According to HHI, it has won orders for a total of 130 ships.

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