Developments in smart shipping continue to accelerate with Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group announcing that they have signed the first agreement of its kind to integrate their advanced digital technologies to provide greater insight and benefit to ship owners from their engine and ship data respectively.

While it is more exciting to think of technology in maritime as being about futuristic robot-like fully autonomous ships and other high-tech applications, the reality is that many practical and applicable technologies are already here and can be usefully applied to make a significant difference in the near future.

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched a new proprietary Integrated Smart Ship Solution (ISSS), capable of realising economical and reliable navigation and management of ships.

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group is to invest $1.8bn in shipbuilding related R&D including the development of smart ships and setting up a smart shipyard.

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has partnered with US technology giants Microsoft and Intel, as well as compatriots SK Shipping, Ulsan Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (UCCEI), and Daejeon Center for Creative Economy and Innovation (DCCEI) to create an eco-system for smart ships.

As the shipping industry moves towards the era of the “smart ship” Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) president Esben Poulsson says a game changing rather incremental approach is required.