First transoceanic voyage with autonomous navigation was a success

Deepak Gupta June 6, 2022
Updated 2022/06/06 at 10:50 PM

Technology is increasingly present and it is not just on the road or in the air that history is made. A subsidiary of Hyundai, Avikus, carried out the world’s first transoceanic voyage using autonomous navigation.

The Prism Courage vessel successfully completed the course.

With the increase in computing capabilities and the increasing stimulation of its potential, autonomous navigation solutions are being tested in various modes of transport. If we already see manufacturers investing in this field for vehicles that travel on the road, we now know a feat achieved in the middle of the ocean.

In December 2020, Hyundai created the Avikus in order to invest in autonomous navigation on the high seas. Last year, it successfully demonstrated its technology on a 12-seat cruise ship in Korea and unveiled it at CES 2022.

Autonomous navigation technology has successfully completed a voyage

The latest version of the navigation software developed by Avikus is called HiNAS 2.0 and it is a level 2 autonomous navigation technology that can control and operate the ship.

According to a press release, Avikus has completed the first transoceanic voyage of a large merchant ship using autonomous navigation technologies.

Avikus' autonomous navigation technology was very useful in this ocean-crossing test, especially for maintaining navigation lanes, autonomously changing direction, and avoiding oncoming ships, all of which increased crews' working conveniences.

Young-hoon Koh, Captain of Prism Courage, explained.

The ship named Prism Courage started its voyage on the 1st of May from the Gulf Of Mexico. It then passed through the Panama Canal and finally arrived at the LNG Terminal in Boryeong, South Korea. In all, in 33 days, the ship traveled about 20,000 kilometers, which corresponds to 10,800 nautical miles.

Boryeong LNG Terminal, South Korea

Boryeong LNG Terminal, South Korea

As advertised, about half of the distance was covered using the autonomous navigation software. HiNAS 2.0 worked in conjunction with Hyundai's Integrated Smartship Solution to create optimal routes and determine preferred travel speeds. For this reason, the trip was completed with an improved fuel efficiency of 7% while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 5%.

In addition, the autonomous navigation technology avoided the collision about 100 times.

The trip was monitored, remotely and in real time, by the American Bureau of Shipping and fur Korea Register of Shipping. Hyundai's Avikus intends to commercialize its technology after receiving the necessary certifications.

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