Hyundai Mipo Shipbuilding and KR to develop autonomous vessel inspection standards

Hyundai Mipo Shipbuilding announced on the 28th that it has signed an agreement with the Korea Register of Shipping (KR) for the joint development (JDP) of the inspection standard for the autonomous navigation system ‘HiNAS Control’.

With this agreement, Hyundai Mipo Shipbuilding and Avicus, a venture company, will build and test an autonomous vessel with Hynas Control, and establish a test procedure to prove its safety and reliability from the shipping company.

The Korean Register of Shipping plans to review detailed evaluation items of autonomous navigation functions, such as route planning setting, route and speed maintenance, and collision avoidance, and establish inspection standards.

Avicus, the first in-house venture of HD Hyundai, succeeded in the world’s first autonomous ocean-crossing of a large ship last year after developing Hynas Control, a two-stage autonomous navigation system that can control and control as well as perception and judgment.

Based on this, Avicus has received orders for more than 70 vessels that are subject to Hynas Control, and plans to commercialize autonomous vessels in earnest, starting with the delivery of a 2,500 TEU (1 TEU is equivalent to one 20-foot container) container ship built by Hyundai Mipo Shipbuilding in January next year.

An official of Hyundai Mipo Shipbuilding said, “We plan to reduce construction trial and error and quickly accumulate operational data through system verification and test procedures to increase technological competitiveness in the field of autonomous ships.”

An Avicus official explained, “We are nearing the final fruits of commercializing autonomous navigation products in the large merchant marine sector” and “We plan to further strengthen cooperation with classification companies and shipbuilders to introduce highly reliable products to the market.”

Source: Yonhap News

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