Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s largest shipbuilder, unveiled what it says is the world’s first remote monitoring and controlling smart ship system on March 25.
The IT-based smart system has been developed in association with South Korea’s state-run Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute and the Ministry of Knowledge Economy.
The key to the smart ship system is the ship monitoring and controlling system called SAN (Ship Area Network) which integrates ACONIS-DS (advanced control and integration system), VDR (voyage data recorder), and BMS (bridge maneuvering system). With SAN, operators can remotely control engines, controllers, and manage other important on-board systems. SAN also enables shipping companies to get real-time feedback on the status of their ships via satellite link.
The first ship to be equipped with the smart ship system is a 4,500 TEU containership that will be delivered to AP Moller-Maersk, on March 29.
The data collected, analyzed, and processed via SAN can be used for enhancing operational efficiency and reducing management costs for shipping lines.
Hyundai Heavy will install the smart ship system on 21 ships ordered by AP Moller-Maersk In addition, Hyundai Heavy will install the system on two ships ordered by Latsos Group member CMM (Consolidated Marine Management) Inc.
March 29, 2011