HMM, Samsung Heavy to develop smart digital ship technologies

South Korea’s HMM and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) have penned a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop smart ship technology.

The parties will collaborate in the research, development and innovation in the field of smart ship solutions.

The MOU mainly covers the development of eco-friendly technologies applicable for smart ships and the enhancement of technological competence related to the digitalisation of ships.

“Both digitalisation and decarbonisation have become integral factors on the pathway to sustainable growth. HMM has concentrated on the exploration of new technologies for the future and has actively participated in various discussions with the parties concerned. We look forward to taking this partnership to the next level with great synergy,” a HMM official said.

As part of the partnership, HMM adopted SVESSEL, an advanced smart ship solution developed by SHI. The cloud-based SVESSEL has been applied to five out of twelve 24,000-teu giant containerships delivered to HMM this year.

In addition, HMM is preparing to operate a Smart Ship Control Centre that can monitor the safety and efficiency of ships in real-time based on a range of data including cargo information, service routes, locations, weather and vessel conditions.

The centre is scheduled to be in full operation from mid-September this year.