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ONE SEA adds Avikus to Bring Key South Korean Innovator into Autonomous Ship Technology Alliance

December 22nd, 2022

One Sea welcomes South Korea’s Avikus as its latest member, consolidating its position as the shipping’s global alliance on maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS). 

Founded in January 2021 by Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, the world’s largest shipbuilder, Avikus specialises in developing autonomous navigation solutions for a range of vessel types. Earlier this year, the company’s HINAS 2.0 (Hyundai intelligent Navigation System) solution supported the world’s first transatlantic voyage of a large vessel using autonomous navigation technologies, when the SK Shipping ultra-large liquefied natural gas carrier Prism Courage completed a month-long voyage. 

In addition to HiNAS for large merchant ships, Avikus offers NeuBoat for smaller vessels. Each of these solutions is available in separate versions to support either navigation or berthing/docking. NeuBoat Navigation and Docking are also available with a higher degree of automation, to offer the potential to take over aspects of vessel operation, control and decision-making. 

One Sea Secretary General, Sinikka Hartonen, said: “Welcoming Avikus on board is an exciting development which brings in participation from one of our industry’s most important hubs for innovation. It further highlights One Sea’s continuing expansion in representing the key stakeholders in autonomous ship technology – from Northern Europe, Japan, the United States and now South Korea. Our increasingly broad-based membership further supports the advocacy work we are doing on behalf of the industry to support the development of robust regulations for MASS.”  

“Autonomous vessels have the potential to improve the safety and efficiency while reducing the workload on seafarers, but we can only reap the rewards with the right regulatory framework in place,” said Carl Johansson, Vice President – Business Development, Avikus. “We are excited to join the alliance and look forward to working with our fellow members towards the common objective of establishing an autonomous maritime ecosystem.”  Since its formation in 2016, One Sea has developed an advisory and advocacy expert role in autonomous shipping and the safety, efficiency and environmental gains it promises. Members include maritime technology leaders such as ABB, Cargotec, Haltian, Kongsberg, Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), Sea Machines Robotics, Tietoevry and Wärtsilä. 

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4 Degrees of Ship Automation

Now, we research and develop and commercialize degree 1 & 2 autonomous navigation solutions (Assistant system).

In addition to this, we continue to research and develop degree 3&4 solutions (Autonomous system).

IMO

Like autonomous car, according to IMO, autonomous ship divides into 4 degrees.

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  • Driver responsibility
  • System Control/Driver responsibility
  • System responsibility
Assistant system
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    Ship with automated processes and decision support

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    Remotely controlled ship with seafarers on board

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    Remotely controlled ship without seafarers on board

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    Fully autonomous ship

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At a Glance

Korea is a well-respected shipbuilding powerhouse.

However, to maintain this great reputation, it is essential to lead the technology in the field of autonomous operation, which will be the core technology for the next-generation shipping industry.

If you settle for the current level of technology and situation, you will never discover a new ocean.

The development and commercialization of autonomous driving technology in vehicles are already underway.

In contrast, the level of commercialization of autonomous navigation technology is still very low, and there hasn’t been a global case of commercialization yet.

Korea has the advantages for autonomous navigation technology development, as we are the best in the world for shipbuilding and ICT infrastructure.

Therefore, Avikus' goal is not to settle for the current technology but to develop and commercialize technologies for the future to be the pioneer of the future shipping industry.

We succeeded in commercializing HiNAS(Hyundai intelligent Navigation Assistant System) for the first time in the world and will be a 'Maritime Autonomous Pioneer' that leads the commercialization of autonomous navigation solutions for all ships from large commercial vessels to leisure boats based on the largest number of commercialization cases and data of ours.

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Ongoing Projects

2022

World's 1st Atonomous Large Merchant Vessel Trans Oceanic Voyage

Autonomous LNG Carrier
Trans-Ocean Project

NAS 2.0 console for navigation control
180K LNGC Built by HHI
HIL Simulator

We installed NAS 2.0 on a large LNG carrier built by HHI and planned to demonstrate its autonomous navigation across the ocean for the first time in the world.

2023

Korea’s 1st Fully Autonomous Large Commercial Vessel

Ulsan City Autonomous
Whale Tour Ship

NAS 2.0 will be installed on the 90meter long whale tour ship and it will be Korea's first fully autonomous navigation test for a large commercial vessel.

We will demonstrate autonomous navigation solutions with Ulsan City after the delivery of the ship, which is scheduled to be conducted by the end of 2022.

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