Autonomous navigation delivers 15% fuel reduction in sea trials

AVIKUS, HD Hyundai’s in-house autonomous navigation startup, has reported that its technology has demonstrated a verified reduction in fuel use of as much as 15% during operation on a 325,000-ton Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC).

The figures were calculated during several voyages on a 5,800-mile route by the vessel from Singapore to Brazil with Avikus’ autonomous HiNAS Control system installed.

Verification of the data was conducted through procedures that were jointly developed by HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering and Avikus, in partnership with Pan Ocean, Pan Ocean’s ship management subsidiary POS SM and Korean Register (KR). The methodology for the verification was certified by KR.

HiNAS Control is an AI-based autonomous navigation system that integrates information provided from navigation equipment and sensors to automatically control the ship’s direction and speed without crew intervention.

The software produces an optimised route that reduces unnecessary fuel consumption and is capable of assisting with collision avoidance for safer operations.

“This certification is significant in that it proves that it is possible to actively respond to carbon emissions regulation through the use of autonomous navigation technology,” said Lim Do-Hyeong, CEO of Avikus.

“Autonomous ships represent a new turning point in the sustainable development of the shipping industry. We are looking forward to rolling out this technology on other platforms in the future.”

Avikus completed the world’s first transoceanic autonomous operation of an LNG carrier in June 2022, recording a 7% improvement in fuel efficiency and a 5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions at the time.

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