Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), a shipbuilding company based in South Korea, said on Tuesday that it has successfully finished the testing of its autonomous navigation system for ships.
Last week, DSME tested its testing ship, which is designated DAN-V and is equipped with its own autonomous navigation system. The test took place in the vicinity of Jebu Island in Hwaseong City, which is located in Gyeonggi Province.
The shipbuilder has been preparing for the future market of self-cruising vessels by signing a memorandum of understanding to develop and demonstrate autonomous navigating technology with the Gyeonggi Free Economic Zone Authority, the local government of Siheung, and Seoul National University. This was done in order to prepare for the future market of self-cruising vessels.
According to DSME, the next big thing in the maritime transportation business will be self-cruising boats. This prediction comes from the company’s research.
As a direct reaction to this, domestic shipbuilders have been consistently working on the development of such technology; however, they have not yet conducted testing on seas with real ships that are equipped with the autonomous navigation system.
Because it was constructed with a mechanism that is comparable to that of a big vessel, DAN-V is capable of gathering maritime navigation data that can be obtained by a large vessel. This enables it to test whether or not the self-cruising system can be utilized for commercial tankers.
During the demonstration process that took place the week prior, the vessel was successful in passing a number of tests, including turning the engine on and off in response to an order from the control tower, navigating according to the planned route, avoiding collisions, and returning to the route once an obstacle has been removed.
The test was a success, and as a result, we have been classified as having Level 3 autonomous navigation by Lloyds Register. An official from DSME said that they want to test the self-cruising system on a commercial vessel the following year, with the goal of achieving Level 4 by 2024.