HHI’s Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE) and its subsidiary Avikus will carry out the work with ABS specialists in accordance with the requirements of the ABS Guide for Autonomous and Remote Control Functions.
A Strategic Framework Agreement was signed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and will be followed by a series of Joint Development Projects (JDPs).
“Autonomous vessels will have a significant role to play in the future of maritime transportation but they will need to be at least as safe as existing vessels. It will take extensive research and development activity, teamwork and sharing of expertise among the leading maritime players to get us there,” said John McDonald, ABS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Sung Joon KIM, CTO of KSOE said: “This is a key topic in the future of shipbuilding and of the maritime industry. We look forward to comprehensive cooperation for the development of practical autonomous ships, including safety management, and remote control, along with the advancement of navigation automation technology, led by HHI group.”