ABS and HD Hyundai have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to continue working together on autonomous projects. Together they want to expand the development of autonomous navigation technology into critical vessel machinery and safety systems.

Building on shared efforts, the organisations met again at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to finalise the agreement covering four areas:

  • Artificial intelligence-based Autonomous Machinery Health Management Function (HiCBM)
  • Artificial intelligence-based Autonomous Safety Management Function (HiCAMS)
  • Artificial intelligence-based Autonomous LNG Fuel Gas Supply System (Hi-GAS+ SMART FGSS)
  • Artificial intelligence-based Smart LNG Boil-off Gas Management System (Hi-GAS+ AI CHS)

ABS and HD Hyundai are coordinating joint development projects (JDPs) to begin in the first quarter of 2023.

‘This is an exciting time for innovation and technology breakthroughs in maritime, and we are looking forward to continuing to evolve industry solutions with HD Hyundai to drive more efficient operations and advances in safety, addressing the challenges of today and those in the future,’says Christopher Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.

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LNG carrier sailing autonomously

The scope of the MoU builds on the previous Strategic Framework Agreement that the companies signed at the 2022 CES. Under that agreement, ABS worked with HD Hyundai subsidiaries, Avikus and Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE).

There were several major achievements including the demonstration of technology developed by Avikus, enabling the 180,000 m3 LNG carrier, Prism Courage, to sail in autonomous mode, under direct supervision, for roughly half of its voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

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‘The Prism Courage voyage was a milestone for the entire shipping industry and demonstrated the potential of artificial intelligence and autonomous functions to contribute to safe navigation at sea,’ states Wiernicki.

Ki-sun Chung, President and CEO of HD Hyundai, adds: ‘Through this agreement with ABS, we expect to further advance autonomous vessel technology that will support autonomous engine room operations as well as safety management.’

Picture (from left to right): ABS’ Christopher J. Wiernicki and Patrick Ryan with HD Hyundai’s Sung-joon Kim, Ki-sun Chung and SH Jeon.

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