An oil tanker controlled by artificial intelligence became the first ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean autonomously -

Prism Courage, a 134,000-ton commercial oil tanker, recently sailed from the Gulf of Mexico to South Korea, while being controlled by an artificial intelligence system called HiNAS 2.0.

Avikus, a subsidiary of South Korean technology giant Hyundai, recently announced that Prism Courage, an oil and gas transportation vessel, has become the first large ocean-going vessel to travel more than 10,000 kilometers (6,210 miles). ) autonomously.


The key to this incredible achievement was HiNAS 2.0, an artificial intelligence-based system capable of analyzing and responding to different types of sensor readings in real time quickly, efficiently, and most importantly, in accordance with the rules of maritime law.

Like airplanes, ships have highly advanced autopilots, capable of keeping them on a stable course, responding to GPS landmarks and currents, and even bringing them to port if the human crew is no longer on board. or is no longer able to do so.

However, autonomous navigation for tens of thousands of kilometers across the Atlantic is much more complex than putting a ship on autopilot.

In addition to directing the tanker in real time, Avikus’ HiNAS 2.0 system is able to choose the optimal routes and the best speeds to reach the destination, analyzing the data collected by means of advanced sensors.

It can compensate for the weather and the height of the waves and make it so that it does not get too close to other ships to avoid collisions.

Prism Courage left Freeport, Texas on May 1, 2022, and crossed the Panama Canal into the Pacific Ocean. It then sailed for 33 days, eventually reaching the Boryeong LNG terminal in South Korea.

The last part of the trip was managed by the HiNAS 2.0 system with artificial intelligence, and its performance was monitored and evaluated by both the US and South Korean shipping authorities.

The data showed that the artificial intelligence system provided a 7% increase in fuel efficiency and a 5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the system accurately recognized the positions of nearby ships and performed maneuvers to avoid a collision about 100 times.

“Avikus autonomous navigation technology has been very helpful in this ocean crossing test, especially for maintaining navigation routes, changing directions and avoiding nearby ships, all of which increase the working comfort of ship’s crews,” he said. Captain Young-hoon Koh, Commander aboard the Prism Courage.

Founded in 2020, Avikus has managed to produce a high-performance autonomous navigation system in just two years. Their latest version, HiNAS, was unveiled earlier this year at the CES 2022 technology show.

Following this latest success, the company has announced that it intends to launch the HiNAS 2.0 system “later this year” after receiving certification from the US authorities.

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