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KR, HHI and Liberian Registry joint autonomous navigation system

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A partnership led by South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) aims to commercialise a second-level system with autonomous control supervised by an onboard crew by July 2023.

Korean Register (KR) will be closely collaborating with HHI and its subsidiary Avikus as well as the Liberian Registry (LISCR) to commercialise autonomous navigation technology.

The four parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at HHI’s headquarters in Ulsan, Korea to collaborate on bringing the Hyundai Intelligent Navigation Assistant System (HiNAS 2.0) to market.

HiNAS 2.0 will be installed on KR classed and LISCR registered ships in July of next year.

HiNAS 2.0 uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recognise the surrounding environment, such as weather and wave heights, and nearby ships, and then goes beyond providing simple information and controls the vessel's steering commands and speed in real-time to avoid collision risk. The system uses augmented reality (AR) to guide optimal routes. The solution was developed for increasing fuel efficiency and to ease the operational burden on bridge teams.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) categorises autonomous ship operations into four levels. A ship with automated process and decision support is referred to as the Level 1. Level 2 autonomous operations is described as a remote-controlled ship with seafarers on board. At Level 3, the ship is remotely controlled without any seafarers on board, and with Level 4, the ship is fully autonomous.

Most commercialised autonomous navigation systems are currently at Level 1, but HiNAS 2.0 is aiming to be the most advanced solution of the existing autonomous navigation systems at Level 2.

 “We are focusing on research and development for autonomous navigation, and some of our technologies have already been commercialised, taking the lead in the global market. As a pioneer in the autonomous ship sector, we will advance our technologies through various collaborations with other market leaders,” said Won-ho Joo, HHI Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer

 “This collaboration is quite significant with the participation of different sectors, including a shipyard, an autonomous navigation solution developing company, a Classification Society and a flag registry. Based on the results of the collaboration, we will successfully commercialise the HiNAS 2.0 and enhance the safety and economic operation of ships,” explained Do-hyeong Lim, Avikus CEO.

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