Autonomous Ship Technology Association Welcomes Avikus To Its Ranks

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The South Korean company Avikus has joined One Sea’s international partnership on marine autonomous surface ships. Avikus specialises in creating autonomous navigation solutions for various vessel types (MASS), as reported by Digital Ship.

Autonomous navigation technology

In January 2021, Hyundai Heavy Industries Group established Avikus. When the SK Shipping ultra-large liquefied natural gas carrier Prism Courage completed a month-long cruise earlier this year, the company’s HINAS 2.0 (Hyundai intelligent Navigation System) solution supported the first transatlantic voyage of a big vessel using autonomous navigation technologies.

Avikus offers NeuBoat for smaller boats in addition to HiNAS for big commerce ships. Each of these technologies is offered in several configurations to accommodate either berthing or docking. A higher level of automation for NeuBoat Navigation and Docking is also available, giving it the ability to take over some aspects of vessel control, operation, and decision-making.

Stronger laws

Sinikka Hartonen, the secretary general of One Sea, stated: “Welcoming Avikus on board is an exciting move that brings in participation from one of our industry’s most crucial hubs for innovation. It further demonstrates One Sea’s ongoing growth in its representation of the major players in autonomous ship technology, from Northern Europe, Japan, the United States, and now South Korea. The lobbying work we are undertaking on behalf of the industry to encourage the adoption of strong laws for MASS is further supported by the broadening membership of our organisation.”

“Autonomous vessels have the potential to improve the safety and efficiency while reducing the workload on seafarers, but we can only reap the rewards with the right regulatory framework in place,” said Carl Johansson, vice president – of business development, Avikus. “We are excited to join the alliance and look forward to working with our fellow members towards the common objective of establishing an autonomous maritime ecosystem.”

Since its founding in 2016, One Sea has grown into an authority on autonomous shipping, as well as its potential benefits for safety, effectiveness, and the environment. ABB, Cargotec, Haltian, Kongsberg, Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), Sea Machines Robotics, Tietoevry, and Wärtsilä are a few of the members.

 

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Source: Digital Ship

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