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Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has developed a new technology known as the Integrated Smart Ship Solution (ISSS), which is intended to increase the reliability and cost-effectiveness of vessel navigation and management.

ISSS forms part of HHI’s information and communications technology (ICT) and has been developed to introduce various standardised methods of navigation that vary depending on the navigators' level of skill and experience.

The solution can also collect and analyse real-time locational information, thereby improving the overall efficiency and safety of ship navigation.

HHI's ISSS system aims to pave the way for the widespread adoption of connected, digital and autonomous technologies, and is also capable of collecting and analysing energy data, as well as monitoring the status of engines and propellers.

In addition, the solution is expected to reduce ships' annual operating costs by 6%.

The solution has already undergone field testing by being mounted on a 6,500 pure car truck carrier (PCTC) and a 250,000DWT very large ore carrier (VLOC).

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"ISSS has been developed to introduce various standardised methods of navigation that vary depending on the navigators' level of skill and experience."

ISSS will also help ship operators and owners to comply with International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) upcoming e-Navigation strategy, which seeks to facilitate increased navigational safety in commercial shipping by organising ships' data more efficiently by 2019.

HHI further noted that ISSS was based on the INTEGRICT platform, which is Hyundai Electric’s intelligent energy management system.

The solution provides operators with information such as optimal navigation routes and navigation speed, along with the slope status of the ship's front and back hull in order to reduce resistance as the vessel takes on voyage.

According to an estimate of Clarkson Research, nearly 6,500 ships are to be ordered worldwide over the next five years, and ISSS is expected to be installed on around 700 ships during the same period.