Hanwha Ocean has signed a strategic framework agreement with classification society ABS to explore the further application of digital technologies to the shipbuilding process.
Under the agreement, ABS and Hanwha Ocean will work together conducting joint development projects aimed at examining the potential to create smart yards and smart ships with a focus on safety, cyber resilience, autonomy, remote-control and other smart functionality developed by Hanwha Ocean.
The agreement will also look at ways to improve and optimise shipyard operations, the partners said.
“The use of new technologies is driving shipyard production into new and exciting frontiers, using smart features to improve the health, safety and quality processes in shipyards,” adds Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
“Smart ships are incorporating tools such as augmented reality/virtual reality, 3D plan review, simulation and modelling, digital twins and others. The need to advance safety and quality as part of this technology revolution is where ABS comes in, and we are proud to support Hanwha Ocean in this journey.”