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KSOE Successfully Tests Autonomous Ship in Virtual Space

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) an intermediate holding company of Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, carried out test operation of a passenger ship under construction using digital twin technology. The demonstration took place in Pangyo, accompanied by Avikus, the developer of autonomous navigation technology; Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology; and Ulsan ICT Promotion Agency.

The operation utilized Hyundai intelligent Digital Twin Ship Virtual Commissioning Solution (HiDTS-VCS), a recently developed test-operating system. It incorporates digital twin technology that creates a clone of an object in virtual space. It enables business operators to test the product in extreme conditions without the risk of actual damage. Virtual simulation requires less time in ship commissioning, reducing the cost up to 30 percent.

The smart ship's safety was assured throughout the whole virtual scenario from departure to high-speed sailing and docking. This is a notable improvement compared to the first virtual operation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier in 2021, where the range of the test was limited to major equipment such as engines, fuel supply, and power control systems.

The passenger ship in demonstration is also equipped with cutting edge technologies as electric propulsion system, LNG dual-fuel engines and remote-control smart solution.