DNV, a ship classification society, has granted a design verification report (DVR) for the AI-based autonomous navigation system called “HiNAS Control”. Developed by Avikus and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries, the system integrates artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) to combine data from various navigation tools. It allows ships to autonomously avoid collisions while maintaining optimal routes and speeds, reducing fatigue for navigators and contributing to safer voyages, better fuel efficiency, and fewer maritime accidents and emissions. The Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) has also given an Approval in Principle (AiP) for the system.
DNV Maritime’s CEO, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, emphasized the importance of safety in the maritime industry and expressed satisfaction with the completion of the design assessment for the “HiNAS Control” system. Alfonso Castillero, CEO of LISCR, highlighted the role of the registry in advancing the design verification for this innovative technology, stating that HiNAS Control will play a significant role in the safety, efficiency, and future of the global shipping industry. DNV utilized its class guideline for autonomous ships to evaluate the system, based on risk assessments and relevant standards.
This development showcases the ongoing efforts to leverage advanced technologies in the maritime industry to improve safety and environmental performance. The integration of AI and AR in the “HiNAS Control” system demonstrates how these technologies can assist navigators and enhance overall operational efficiency. With the support of classification societies like DNV and organizations like LISCR, the adoption of such systems on vessels sailing the high seas is expected to increase in the future.