KR, KLCSM and SHI team up on autonomous ship navigation systems

The Korean Register (KR) classification society has signed a memorandum of understanding with ship management company Korea Leading Company of Ship Management (KLCSM) and shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for the joint research and marketing of autonomous navigation systems of large ships.

Courtesy of Korean Registry

The agreement, which was signed on June 23 at this year’s Korea Ocean Expo in Incheon, aims to accelerate the commercialization and international competitiveness of domestic autonomous vessel equipment and technology by establishing a true system of on-board autonomous operation 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,” Yeon Kyujinmanager of the plan approval center at KR, said.

“With this latest joint cooperation, more autonomous navigation systems will be successfully applied to ships, which will further increase the efficiency of ship management,” Kwon Ohgilchief executive of KLCSM, explained.

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

“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 ship operations based on the maritime demonstration of our own SAS autonomous navigation system” , Kim Hyunjodirector of SHI’s Marine Shipbuilding Research Center, added.

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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