Samsung Heavy Industries completes 1,500km autonomous journey Ship’s crew

South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has successfully tested its autonomous navigation technology on board a 15,000 TEU container ship.

The autonomous journey covered a distance of around 1,500 km from the South Korean island of Jeju to the port of Kaohsiung in Taiwan via the East China Sea and parts of the South China Sea.

SHI equipped the ship with its autonomous ship and smart ship solution SVESSEL, a remote-controlled autonomous navigation system developed by the shipbuilder. The system integrates advanced autonomous navigation technologies including AIS, radar, camera sensors and sensor fusion to analyze and merge the collected data.

Over the course of the journey, the system identified more than 9,000 obstacles and generated routes that matched routes set by experienced human navigators in over 90% of the scenarios.

SHI said the autonomous voyage successfully demonstrated the system’s ability to display accurate avoidance routes when confronted with approaching vessels in the South China Sea, a region known for heavy sea traffic.

“Following last year’s successful demonstration in Jeju Island and Dokdo, we have now showcased our advanced autonomous navigation technology on a global scale,” said Kim Hyeon-jo, head of SHI’s Autonomous Navigation Research Center. “This achievement solidifies Samsung Heavy Industries’ position at the forefront of the industry.”

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