Lloyd’s Register awards approval to Samsung’s autonomous navigation system.

LR Grants AIP For Samsung Heavy Industries’ Advanced
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Lloyd’s Register (LR) has granted approval in principle (AIP) to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for its Samsung Autonomous Ship (SAS) Autonomous Navigation System and SVESSEL Communication System. The AIP is the outcome of a joint development project formed between the two companies earlier this year. One of the key features of SHI’s autonomous software for Autonomous Navigation System is the Anti-Collision Decision-Making System, which integrates the latest situational awareness tools with an Integrated Bridge System. The software can be easily installed alongside other ship navigation equipment, aiming to reduce human error which accounts for most maritime related accidents.

The SAS software evaluates collision risks that a vessel might face, whilst controlling the direction and speed of the vessel to avoid objects. Furthermore, the SVESSEL system assists by monitoring and evaluating analysis of a ship’s energy usage status and helps to maintain optimal trim, route, and speed. The aim of the SAS system is to reduce the number of maritime accidents, and the system is designed so that shore staff and crew can conveniently check its functionalities. The AIP follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between SHI and LR earlier this year to develop autonomous ready ship designs to support maritime digitalization.

LR carried out a comprehensive review of the technical drawings and documents for the design of SAS and SVESSEL, according to the latest LR rules and regulations for autonomous and remote access ships, as part of the AIP process. Young-Doo Kim, North East Asia TSO Manager, Lloyd’s Register, said this AIP is another landmark moment in LR and SHI’s joint development project for autonomous ship readiness design. Meanwhile, Hyun Joe Kim, Vice President, and Head of Autonomous Ship Research Center, Samsung Heavy Industries, said he was pleased to receive the AIP, which he took as further proof of good collaboration between SHI and LR during the certification process.

Overall, the technologies developed by SHI and LR aim to offer diverse and integrated digital solutions to mitigate human error at sea, with the ultimate goal of making the maritime industry safer. The autonomous technologies developed are another step forward in the digitalization of the shipping industry and hold the potential to reduce accidents and ensure smoother voyages.

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