DSME, KMOU, NAPA and AVL Unite To Develop Digital Ships


Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has joined forces with Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU) and NAPA and AVL have signed an agreement to develop digital ships and related strategic solutions, says an article published in Ship Technology.

What is in the agreement?

As per the agreement, the partners will leverage their know-how in:

  • naval architecture and shipbuilding, 
  • engines, 
  • big data, and 
  • software development 

to develop new solutions and combine these elements for the first time.

What is the focus on?

The collaboration will focus on acquiring and processing 

  1. engine room data, 
  2. ship performance and 
  3. meteorological information. 

This will be used for training, simulation, human machine interfaces and develop more efficient ships.

The partners comments


DSME CTO Odin Kwon said: “The development of digital twin ship and engine is one of the most exciting outcomes of the recent surge in maritime digitalisation and development of the Internet of Things.”

By creating a virtual, real-time copy of engine equipment, we can better monitor, analyse, and predict performance, leading to safer and more efficient operations.

“Here, the best experts in each field gathered in order to develop digital twin ship. So we are confident that we can create and service superior product that exceed our customers’ expectations.”


KMOU professor Deog Hee Doh said: “We are actively entering into the digital era in the industry nowadays which could be a basis for the development of autonomous ship.”

“Building a digital platform should be well balanced between actual application of technology and academic basis. We are happy to be part of this cooperation.”

  1. KMOU faculty members have already begun developing a platform where AR/VR and digital twin technology are embedded. 
  2. KMOU will deliver a knowledge-based platform in the fields of simulations and communications related to digital ships extending to AR/VR.


“New generations of vessels will set the standard for decades to come, and digital infrastructure will be just as important as the physical and mechanical elements of a newbuild,” Naoki Mizutani, Executive Vice President, Shipping Solutions at NAPA, noted.

Project coordinated by DSME 

Each partner brings a different angle to the collaboration, coordinated by DSME. 

  • NAPA will develop digital twin ship models with digitalised components and a real-time simulation platform to incorporate between engine models and ship models.
  • AVL will develop the simulation tools and methodologies that the partnership projects will require.
  • KMOU will offer the existing infrastructure as a basis for further development and optimisation.

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Source: ShipTechnology


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