HHI develops collision avoidance system for ships

Written by Nick Blenkey
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JULY 23, 2014 — Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), Ulsan, South Korea has developed Hyundai Intelligent Collision Avoidance Support System (HiCASS) to ensure the safe and optimum navigation of the vessels.

The system searches the optimum sea routes and prevents collisions by automatically detecting potential obstacles such as ships and reefs within 50 km. The enhanced accuracy of the system enables vessels to identify hazards based on the type of vessel, weather conditions, waves and wind. The system is equipped with a collision notification system that signals “Caution,” “Urgent,” and “Danger.”

HiCASS, installed along with voyage systems such as Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA), Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Electronic Chart System (ECS), can analyze locations of the obstacles in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).

HHI has completed its own performance test on the system by running it on a 13,800 TEU containership and a 162,000 cu.m LNG carrier in May and June this year.

The system is scheduled to be commercialized from 2016 after sea trials testing its performance and stability on long distance routes.

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