LNG Carrier Completes First Autonomous Ocean Crossing by Large Vessel

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LNG carrier used autonomous navigation systems for half its voyage between the US and South Korea (Hyundai)

Published Jun 2, 2022 2:05 PM by The Maritime Executive

An LNG carrier completed what is being called the world’s first transoceanic voyage of a large merchant ship employing autonomous navigation technologies. The voyage was carried out as the first demonstration of the advanced technology navigating the 97,500 dwt vessel for roughly half its voyage across the Pacific, or approximately 5,400 nautical miles avoiding over 100 ships and optimizing the voyage.

The Prism Courage, a 180,000 cbm LNG carrier built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and delivered to SK Shipping of South Korea in 2021 completed the voyage arriving today, June 2 at the Boryeong LNG Terminal in South Korea. The voyage lasted 33 days departing the Freeport LNG Terminal in Texas on May 2 and navigating through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific. The total voyage was nearly 11,000 nautical miles.

The vessel is equipped with the second level of the autonomous navigation system developed by Avikus, a subsidiary of HD Hyundai launched in December 2020 specializing in autonomous navigation. According to the company, the HiNAS 2.0 navigational system creates optimal routes and speeds based on Hyundai Global Service’s Integrated Smartship Solution. Its artificial intelligence recognizes the surrounding environment, such as weather and wave heights, a....

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