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The Glovis Challenge, the 6,500 car/truck carrier, was installed with the smart ship system The Glovis Challenge, the 6,500 car/truck carrier, was installed with the smart ship system

Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has launched its new Integrated Smart Ship Solution (ISSS), a collection of information technology systems aiming to optimise navigation processes by collecting and analysing real-time information on navigational operations.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}HHI claims that navigation optimisation using the range of technologies being developed could lead to annual operating cost efficiency savings of up to 6 per cent.

The shipbuilding company says that development has been inspired by IMO plans to introduce its e-Navigation strategy in the next few years, which will likely require more effective data management on board vessels, thus creating an increased demand for ‘smart ships’.

HHI first began developing smart ship technologies in 2011, and has applied various elements of the current system to around 300 ships so far. Additionally, in May this year HHI signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) to establish a partnership in the smart ship sector.

ISSS will provide a wide range of ship information to operators, including optimal navigation routes and navigation speed, along with trim optimisation data. On the machinery side, the system will also collect and analyse energy data and monitor the status of engines and propellers.

HHI says that the ISSS system has already completed field tests ahead of this launch, as well being installed on Glovis Challenge, a 6,500 vehicle PCTC (pure car/truck carrier), and a 250,000 dwt VLOC (very large ore carrier).{/mprestriction}

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