The world’s first ship with an AI engineer has been delivered by HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering.
he 180,000-tonne liquid natural gas (LNG)-powered bulk carrier equipped with an AI-based automation solution for H-Line Shipping was constructed by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. HD Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering and H-Line Shipping collaborated on and installed an engine automation solution that includes the Integrated Condition Monitoring Solution (HiCBM) and the Integrated Safety Control Solution (HiCAMS).
Both technologies intelligently identify crises such as fires and diagnose the real-time condition of critical ship equipment. They practically serve as AI crew members by functioning in the following manner:
- HiCBM monitors and manages core ship devices such as propulsion engines, compressors, and pumps in real-time.
- The AI can detect and prevent potential malfunctions during navigation, ensuring smooth sailing.
- HiCAMS, using onboard CCTV, allows the AI to detect and analyse safety-related events in real time
The safety and reliability of the systems were validated during the trial run by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).
AI is becoming increasingly prevalent in the shipping sector. For example, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K line) just started using AIplicity Chat, an artificial intelligence (AI) chat service driven by the ChatGPT API. In another case, Valenciaport has developed AI software that estimates the amount of vehicles that will pass through its docks, which terminal they will access, and whether the vehicle will be loaded or unloaded.