South Korea-based shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred Cloud provider to support the development of the company’s next-generation autonomous smart ship systems.

Promoting digital transformation across SHI, the AWS service is expected to enable SHI to rapidly innovate on its autonomous shipping platform, which involves the self-piloting of large container ships, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, and floating production systems.

Under the latest deal, AWS has already provided a number of services, including machine learning, augmented reality and virtual reality, as well as analytics, databases, computers, and storage.

The services are primarily based on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), AWS CloudTrail to create integrated systems for all vessel-related data collected from land to sea, among others.

Using the Amazon Redshift service, SHI has developed a big data analytics ship navigation system to improve its after-market customer service for ship owners.

SHI has also benefitted from AWS’ machine-learning services such as Amazon Polly and Amazon Lex to provide real-time alerts to its customers about the condition of their vessels.

The Amazon Sumerian has allowed SHI to create a virtual replica of the ship cockpit for land-based training and simulations.

“We’re digitising our shipping fleet by using the most advanced technologies in the world to enhance our approaches to shipbuilding.”

SHI has also built an information security management system to respond to cyber threats and to provide a scalable, secure environment for smart ship technology development, using AWS services.

Samsung Heavy Industries Ship & Offshore Performance Research Center director Dongyeon Lee said: “We’re digitising our shipping fleet by using the most advanced technologies in the world to enhance our approaches to shipbuilding, operations, and delivery, and chose AWS as our preferred Cloud provider to help us quickly transform Samsung Heavy Industries’ into a cloud-first maritime business.

“By leveraging AWS, we’ve successfully released several smart shipping systems so that our customers can manage their ships and fleets more efficiently, and we continue to test new capabilities for ocean-bound vessel navigation and automation.”

SHI currently operates eight branch offices and two manufacturing subsidiaries outside South Korea, and several facilities across the country.