Avikus, a company specializing in the development of autonomous unmanned navigation systems, has successfully implemented the world’s first project of autonomous crossing of the ocean by a large-tonnage vessel in a test mode, the Vesselfinder portal reports.
Avikus is a subsidiary of Hyundai HD Group (formerly Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings). The project was carried out jointly with the shipping company SK Shipping, whose vessel was involved in the project. The ULGC-sized PRISM COURAGE LNG tanker is equipped with the HiNAS 2.0 autonomous navigation system.
The route of the “smart” LNG tanker ran from Freeport (the southern coast of the Gulf of Mexico) through the Panama Canal. After leaving the Freeport, the vessel arrived at the Boren LNG Terminal in 33 days (prov. Chuncheon, South Korea). Almost half of the route with a total length of about 20 thousand km. the vessel overcame using the HiNAS 2.0 autonomous navigation system, the report says.
The HiNAS 2.0 technology developed by Avikus is a ship navigation system that independently plots the most optimal routes and sets the effective speed based on the integrated Smartship Solution (ISS) developed by Hyundai Global Service. Artificial intelligence reads the state of the environment, including current weather conditions, wave height, as well as vessels nearby, and then gives commands to control the vessel in real time. Level 2 autonomous navigation can monitor and control the vessel in addition to the recognition and decision-making functions that are included in the Level 1 autonomous navigation system.
During the transatlantic crossing, the PRISM COURAGE tanker moved autonomously along optimal routes. At the same time, fuel efficiency was almost 7% with a 5% reduction in GHG emissions. In addition, the computer system during the course of more than 100 times accurately determined the location of the nearest ships in order to avoid a collision.
The flight was conducted under the direct control of the classification societies ABS (USA) and KR (South Korea). ABS and KR specialists tested the efficiency and reliability of navigation technology in real time.
After passing the product certification in ABS, the developer plans to start mass production of the HiNAS 2.0 system during this year.