ABS Grants AIP To HHI For Autonomous Benefits


  • ABS has permitted the approval in principle (AIP) to HHI Group for four areas of autonomous function.
  • HHI signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ABS at CES 2022, the world’s largest electronic and information technology exhibition, held in Las Vegas in January.

ABS Approves Pioneering Autonomous Technology for HHI Group, reports ABS.


ABS took another step to assist the growth of autonomous technology with the granting of approval in principle (AIP) to Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHI Group) for four areas of autonomous benefits which are- navigation, machinery health management, fire fighting management, and network infrastructure.

Key points

Avikus is a company that specialises in autonomous navigation for HHI Group. It has received permission from ABS for their independent navigation system HiNAS 2.0 which will be a standard application for all new construction vessels at HHI Group starting next year.

HHI signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ABS at CES 2022 which is the world’s largest electronic and information technology exhibition that was held in Las Vegas in January. Both companies will cooperate on autonomous technologies for the shipping industry as a part of the agreement. This will include outputs such as AIPs and presentation tests of ship operations.

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE)is the center of HHI Group’s shipbuilding sector, and has acquired authorizations for its machinery automation system, HiCBM, which is an onboard integrated safety control system, HiCAMS; and an autonomous ship integrated platform, Pont.OS.

Artificial intelligence (AI) runs the tools for HiCBM and HiCAMS and can analyze the condition of mechanical equipment or specify and supervise critical situations.

The combined platform, Pont.OS is an open platform that can integrate and regulate various autonomous processes of ships and is anticipated to procure an infrastructure that facilitates the safe remote operation of ships.


“ABS understands that autonomous technologies are not stand-alone products but fully integrated with vessel infrastructure and the result of numerous advancements in a wide variety of mechanisms including sensors, imaging, connectivity, machine learning and more. When used in vessel operations, autonomous functions have the potential to increase safety by reducing human error,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.

Kim Sung-Joon, Senior Executive Vice President and CTO of KSOE said, “HHI Group is a step closer to developing fully autonomous ships by receiving AIPs for not only autonomous navigation systems but also condition-based maintenance (CBM) for machinery, onboard safety management, and infrastructure. We will lead the market by completing commercialization and demonstration ahead of time in consideration of the IMO’s regulations on autonomous vessels.”

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