Korean partners developing autonomous navigation

KR Plan Approval Center Manager YEON Kyujin (right), KLCSM General Manager KWON Ohgil (center), and SHI Marine Shipbuilding Research Center Manager KIM Hyunjo (left) during the MOU signing ceremony at this year’s Korea Ocean Expo in Incheon, Korea. (Photo: KR)

Korean Register (KR) has signed a memorandum of understanding with ship management company KLCSM and shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to jointly research and approve the application of autonomous navigation systems for medium-sized ships at big.

The agreement, which was signed on June 23 at this year’s Korea Ocean Expo in Incheon, Korea, aims to accelerate the commercialization and international competitiveness of domestic autonomous vessel equipment and technology by establishing a true on-board autonomous operating system which is jointly developed between national shipping companies, shipyards and KR.

The announcement comes as a growing number of shipowners are integrating artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things, Big Data and sensor systems into their ships to help ship crews.

According to the MOU, SHI’s Autonomous Navigation System, known as Samsung Autonomous Ship (SAS), will be applied to KLCSM’s fleet of operating vessels to perform risk assessments, develop and certify systems. cybersecurity, and review compliance of various agreements and standards for future national approval.

In addition, SHI will lead a global collaboration for the commercialization of autonomous navigation systems through the Certification of Ship Equipment and Marine Equipment Directive (MED) for Electronic Chart Display System Modules. and information (ECDIS).

“KR will provide technical support for this project to continue the development and operation of autonomous navigation systems,” said YEON Kyujin, plan approval center manager at KR.

“With this latest joint cooperation, more autonomous navigation systems will be successfully applied to ships, which will further increase the efficiency of ship management,” said KWON Ohgil, Managing Director of KLCSM.

“We also plan to improve ship safety and improve the environment for ship operations amid the current shortage of seafarers.”

KIM Hyunjo, Director of SHI’s Marine Shipbuilding Research Center, said, “SHI focuses its capabilities on research and development for the commercialization of autonomous navigation technologies for ocean and coastal navigation, including the conduct of practical operations of vessels based on the maritime demonstration of our own SAS autonomous navigation system.

In addition to this MOU, KR has strengthened its classification certification performance and its autonomous navigation vessel technology by applying its rules, cybersecurity certification and risk-based approval in accordance with its “Guidance for Vessels autonomous” which were published in 2019. .

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