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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 

HMM (the former Hyundai Merchant Marine) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) on smart ship technology, under which HMM and SHI will collaborate in research, development and innovation in the field of smart ship solutions.

According to HMM, the MoU mainly covers the development of eco-friendly technologies applicable for smart ships and the enhancement of technological competence related to the digitalisation of ships. HMM has adopted the ‘Svessel’ advanced smart ship solution developed by SHI. The cloud-based ‘Svessel’ has been applied to five of the 12 24,000 TEU containerships delivered to HMM this year, enabling HMM to test operational data on its own container vessels.

An HMM spokesperson said: "Both digitalisation and decarbonisation have become integral factors on the pathway to sustainable growth. HMM has concentrated on the exploration of new technologies for the future and has actively participated in various discussions with the parties concerned. We look forward to taking this partnership to the next level with great synergy.”

HMM is preparing to operate a Smart Ship Control Centre that enables remote monitoring of the safety and efficiency of ships in real time based on an extensive range of data including cargo information, service routes, locations, ocean weather and vessel conditions. The centre is scheduled to be in full operation from mid-September this year.

Svessel is designed by SHI to meet increasing demands for digital transformation. Svessel aims to expedite the transition from analogue-based conventional ships into "Intelligent and Life-cycle managed Ships" through the convergence between ICT and Ship Operational Technology. This solution provides a variety of features including vessel and fleet tracking, onboard data analysis, collaborative maintenance, and monitoring of propulsion performance.

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