World’s largest shipbuilder unveils robots to construct vessels

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has showcased the future of shipbuilding, revealing on Sunday new robots that will be used in the construction of vessels at its Ulsan yard.  

The world’s largest shipbuilder has recently completed a year of testing of a robotic system that automatically shapes a vessel’s 3-D curved surface.

The unmanned system is based on the Internet of Things and automation technologies, and is equipped with a high-frequency inductive heating system and a multi-joint arm, the company said.

HHI plans to add artificial intelligence and more sophisticated technologies in the future.

HHI claims the system will increase productivity by three times compared with man-made work.

Other Korean builders, notably Samsung Heavy Industries, are looking at adding robots to their production processes.

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.


  1. This robotic system is use in the shaping of plates .mainly for the bulbous bow and stern the ” fabrication process. ”

    Not for the construction of vessels.

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