Samsung Heavy Industries trials blockchain system to secure autonomous vessel data streams

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) use of blockchain technology within its SAS (Samsung Autonomous Ship) and SVESSEL eLogbook data system has been issued a Statement of Fact (SoF) by DNV after trials on an operating vessel.

The project interfaced SHI’s data stream and eLogbook with the VeChainThor blockchain to demonstrate the technology’s potential for secure data stream applications on ships.

The data in question pertained to navigation information for Samsung’s Autonomous Ship system, particularly the Collision Risk Index and Distance to the Closest Point of Approach. The SVESSEL eLogbook, in compliance with IMO MEPC.312(74) electronic logbook guidelines, was also issued via the blockchain.

“We are delighted SHI has become the first shipyard certified by DNV in applying blockchain technology for its evolving SAS automatic navigation system and the digital asset management system of our SVESSEL eLogbook. We deeply appreciate DNV for their hard work in this collaborative research,” said Dr Hyun Joe Kim, Vice President of SHI’s Ship and Offshore Performance Research Centre.

“This is only the beginning, but we are eager to demonstrate and verify blockchain technology as it impacts cybersecurity on real ships.”

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