The Korean shipbuilding industry is spurring the transition to a smart shipyard. The move is aimed at enhancing competitiveness based on 4th advanced technologies such as 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI) and securing the world’s No. 1 position.
The shipping industry is struggling to come up with measures to prevent accidents involving loss of marine containers due to rough weather and large-scale ships. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering analyzes the ship’s unique structural characteristics and weather data such as the height to predict the movement of the ship and present a flight guide to minimize container loss. It can flexibly cope with various unexpected situations and diagnose possible defects early by sharing data on major equipment conditions such as engines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks on ships in real time.
In January this year, Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering developed the world’s first LNG carrier cyber trial technology that incorporates digital twin technology into ships. Using this solution, they made it possible to verify the performance of key facilities such as engines, fuel supply systems, and power and control systems of LNG carriers by implementing the same environment as the actual maritime trial of ships in virtual cyberspace.
Hyundai Heavy Industries has developed a robot system that automatically shapes the front and rear plates of ships using IoT and automation technologies. Using this system, the company says they can save 10 billion won per year. Last year, the company also introduced an integrated smart ship solution that maximizes efficiency and safety by applying ICT and collecting and analyzing flight information in real time.
The shipbuilding industry experts say that Korea has excellent shipbuilding technology and ICT technology, but the level of convergence is still low. They expect the transition to smart yards to secure new competitiveness will be faster.