US’ Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) has collaborated with military shipbuilding company Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) to create laser scans of vessels and develop virtual training simulations for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) workforce.
The European Maritime Technology Sector needs more significant investments in research, development and innovation for the further development of digitalisation, automation and autonomy in the shipbuilding processes, to secure its competitiveness, as well as to cope with its societal challenges, SEA Europe said in a new statement.
Some of the biggest European shipbuilders announced that they have created a new cooperative initiative to develop a connected vessel platform. This project is named Code Kilo and aims to address the digitalisation challenges of various stakeholders. Specifically, EUROYARDS members – Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Damen Shipyards Group, Fincantieri, Lürssen, Meyer Werft, Naval Group and Navantia – collaborated to improve data management solutions and standards.
As part of its efforts to upgrade cost competitiveness of the domestic shipbuilding industry, the South Korean government revealed plans to develop smart shipyards equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) technology, through the Korean Smart Shipyard (K-Yard) project.
During SMM, LR announced a co-operation project with Hyundai Heavy Industries, to explore the value of blockchain when applied to shipbuilding. Namely, LR launched its prototype blockchain-enabled Class register. This registers ships into Class using blockchain technology.
Digitalization will be an important aspect to reduce shipbuilding and repair costs, the US Navy said. In fact, the Navy will try to leverage this in order to build a larger fleet. Digital modeling can also decrease time in design process by enabling engineers to test capabilities in few days rather than needing weeks or months.
South Korean DSME announced the signing of a MoU with NBP and Intel Korea, to jointly develop Smart Ship 4.0 Service Infrastructure. DSME will build a basic environment for the infrastructure of the Intelligent Smart Ship 4.0 Service on the Naver Cloud Platform of NBP and introduce Intel’s IoT solutions to the On-Ship IoT System.
Huntington Ingalls Industries’s Newport News Shipbuilding division will cooperate with 3D Systems to create additive manufacturing technologies expected to facilitate the adoption of metal 3-D printing in the naval shipbuilding industry. The collaboration will support future qualification and certification programs to implement this manufacturing technology for the US Navy.
In a bid to align with smart shipping and innovation, Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co is working to develop China’s first smart crude oil carrier, that will be designed to incorporate technology to assist the captain in operation.
Dassault Systèmes, company of 3D design software, announced that Damen Shipyards Group, an international shipbuilding group, has selected the company’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform and marine and offshore industry solution experiences, to digitally transform its operations.
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