Published on June 09, 2022 08:29
AI-powered tanker becomes the first ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean semi-autonomously
(Web Desk) – Prism Courage, a 134,000 ton commercial tanker, recently sailed from the Gulf of Mexico to South Korea while being controlled primarily by an artificial intelligence system called HiNAS 2.0.
Avikus, a subsidiary of South Korean tech giant Hyundai, recently announced that Prism Courage, a tanker designed to transport natural gas, has become the first large vessel to complete an ocean passage of more than 10,000 km (6,210 miles) from autonomous way. The key to this incredible achievement was HiNAS 2.0, an AI-powered system capable of analyzing different types of sensor readings in real time and responding to them quickly, efficiently and, most importantly, in accordance with the rules of maritime laws.
Just like airplanes, ships have highly advanced autopilots capable of keeping them on a steady course, responding to GPS waypoints and currents, and even returning them to port in case the human crew is no longer around. board or able to do so. However, navigating tens of thousands of kilometers independently 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 its destination, by analyzing data collected by advanced sensors. It can compensate for weather conditions and wave height, and can not get too close to other ships to avoid collisions.
Prism Courage departed Freeport, Texas on May 1, 2022, and sailed through the Panama Canal into the Pacific Ocean. It then sailed 33 days to arrive at the Boryeong LNG terminal in South Korea. The last part of the journey was handled by the AI-powered system HiNAS 2.0, and its performance was monitored and evaluated by US and South Korean shipping authorities.
The data showed that the artificial intelligence system resulted in a 7% increase in energy efficiency and a 5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the system accurately recognized the locations of nearby ships and maneuvered to avoid collisions about 100 times.