South Korean shipbuilding company HD Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (famous as HD KSOE) has reportedly constructed and successfully delivered the first vessel in the world to be equipped with a unique artificial intelligence (AI) engineer.
The ship, a 180,000-ton LNG-enabled bulk carrier, was constructed by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Jeolla Province’s Yeongam. The AI engineer onboard the vessel comprises two AI-powered engine automation solutions collaboratively developed by H-Line Shipping and HD Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.
The first solution is the Integrated Condition Diagnosis Solution (abbreviated the HiCBM), which operates as a real-time management and diagnostic system for crucial ship equipment like power generation and propulsion engines, pumps, and compressors. By using AI, HiCBM can easily identify the signs of probable failure, facilitating operational stability and preventing malfunctions when navigating.
The second solution, Integrated Safety Control Solution (abbreviated HiCAMS), runs as an AI-based safety watchdog. It detects and analyzes safety-related events with an onboard closed-circuit television (popular as CCTV), upholding the safety of the vessel and its crew members.
One of the notable features of AI-based systems is their immense adaptability to existing vessels, permitting the possible expansion of the market for next-gen, AI-driven engine automation solutions.
The safety, reliability, and security of these systems have been validated via trial operations under the supervision of the American Bureau of Shipping (also known as the ABS). As a result, they received the approval in principle (or AIP) from ABS in 2022 around September.
HD Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering had earlier hit a milestone in automated navigation when Avikus, an HD Hyundai subsidiary, completed the autonomous navigation of a huge LNG carrier across the ocean. The firm also hopes that the implementation of AI engine automation tech in H-Line Shipping’s fleet is going to enhance its competitive edge.
References: ts2.space, ai2.news
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