South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany-based engine technology developer MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) for cooperation in developing smart ship technology.

The MoU aims to improve operating services of SVESSEL, a Cloud-based smart ship system of SHI, by applying engine diagnosis and advanced control technology, developed by MAN ES.

The upgraded SVESSEL will help to reduce the operating costs of shipbuilding companies by providing accurate data in real-time to onshore control centres and vessels operating on waters.

SHI expects to gain a competitive edge in securing orders with features such as remote engine diagnosis and control service.

SHI Ship and Offshore Research Institute vice-president Yong-Lae Shim said: “Equipment manufacturers have actively participated in technology development of our Cloud-based smart ship system and this will provide more useful and diverse services to shipowners.

“By solidifying the ecosystem where both shipbuilders and equipment producers coexist, we will take the lead in developing innovative smart ship system.”

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The company has continued to expand its cooperation with equipment manufacturers through joint technology development.

Earlier this month, SHI completed a technology development with South Korean firm Hi Air Korea. This technology has enabled the onshore control centres to remotely manage the cooling and heating process, as well as the fan system within the vessels.

SHI has also cooperated with Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), a Switzerland-based developer of low-speed gas and diesel engines for marine propulsion. The collaboration led to the development of a remote engine diagnosis technology, which can be used on liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fuelled vessels.

In June, SHI secured a KRW450bn ($381m) contract to construct LNG carriers from a Bermuda-registered client. The vessels are scheduled to be delivered by the end of June 2022.