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Evergreen’s new 12,000-teu ship assessed for autonomous deepsea operation

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The future of autonomous deepsea shipping has been assessed with Evergreen Marine’s new 12,000-teu containership obtaining the Digital Safe Security certification from Lloyd’s Register (LR).

The vessel Ever Forward has been built to class in line with LR Digital Ship notations with elements of smart ship solution, SVESSEL, by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), certified against LR’s Digital Safe Security notation to demonstrate that access for autonomous and remote monitoring of the ship’s systems has been provided and assessed.

SHI’s SVESSEL provides operators and shore-based staff with instant access to operating data from onboard systems for monitoring and diagnostics through the cloud, which they can use to make more informed operational decisions and respond to issues faster and more efficiently.

Shim Yong-Lae, vice president of SHI ship and offshore research institute, said: “We are delighted to support Evergreen with our latest smart ship solution, SVESSEL, which has been developed with the advances in information and communication technologies aiming to complete digitalisation of a ship and its applications to efficiently and safely assist operation. We believe digital transformation will revolutionise the maritime transportation industry and drive economic value for all stakeholders including shipowners and operators.”

Kim Young-Doo, LR’s North East Asia TSO manager, said: “We are excited to see digital ship technologies grow and comprise more and more functions and reach higher levels of autonomy, helped by LR's Digital Ships procedures that enable digital systems to be installed safely and fully functional as intended.”