Samsung Heavy’s autonomous journey takes another step forward

Samsung Heavy Industries revealed today a successful first demonstration of its new ship collision avoidance system.

The shipbuilder’s remote autonomous navigation system, known as Samsung Autonomous Ship (SAS), helped two autonomous ships avoid a collision by detecting each other in seas off the southwestern island of Gageo.

A 9,200 dwt ship from Mokpo National Maritime University and a 300-ton tug of Samsung Heavy were used to demonstrate the collision avoidance system.

In October last year, Samsung Heavy successfully navigated its 300-ton remote autonomous ship in seas off Geoje Island via a remote control system at a research center located in Daejeon, 250 km away from the sea.

Samsung Heavy plans to commercialise its independently developed autonomous navigation system SAS next year.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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