HHI targets smart ship market with latest MOU

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HHI targets smart ship market with latest MOU

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group inked a memorandum of understanding with Switzerland-based engine maker Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) to strengthen its smart ship system, the company said Thursday.

The Korean shipbuilder will integrate WinGD’s engine diagnostic and engine data collecting and monitoring systems into its existing smart ship system, dubbed Itegrict, developed in cooperation with its affiliate Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems.

While Hyundai Heavy’s system allows equipment on ships to be remotely monitored to support maintenance by analyzing power data, WinGD’s solutions will add expertise in engine monitoring and automated diagnostics, Hyundai Heavy said.

WinGD’s system offers real time monitoring and diagnosis of engines so that crews, regardless of their expertise and experience, can maintain safe engine conditions, the Korean shipbuilder added.

According to Hyundai Heavy, the partnership is expected to greatly help the company ramp up the smart ship business spotlighted as a major emerging market for shipbuilders suffering from a lengthy drought of orders.

The development of smart ship systems has become more important as the International Maritime Organization plans to adopt a so-called e-navigation strategy that facilitates the sharing of data between ships and command centers on land to enhance safety and efficiency by 2020.

“While global demand for smart ships is increasing, an enhanced data collecting and diagnosing system for engines could greatly improve the competitiveness of our ships and help our sales,” a spokesperson from Hyundai Heavy said.

Hyundai Heavy has been working on smart ships since 2011 and has applied its system to over 300 ships.

BY KIM JEE-HEE [kim.jeehee@joongang.co.kr]
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